19 Oct '15, 6pm

Highly poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake found in California for first time in 30 years

Highly poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake found in California for first time in 30 years

The poisonous sea snakes are common in warmer southern waters off the coast of Mexico, but haven’t been seen in California in decades. As El Niño causes warm waters to travel farther north along the coast, it brings with it an abundance of sea life that isn’t ordinarily found in those areas. On Friday, a yellow and black snake was spotted on Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard in Ventura County by a surfer who said it “looked lethargic.” Later, the 2-foot-long yellow-bellied sea snake was captured and placed in a bucket to protect beach goers. The snake died shortly thereafter.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/highly-poisonous-yellow-bellied-sea-...

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