Rare Venomous Sea Snake Washes Up On California Beach

Posted: Dec 20 2015, 9:04pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 21 2015, 8:29pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Rare Venomous Sea Snake Washes up on California Beach
Credit: Huntingon Beach Surfrider Foundation

Warmer ocean temperatures due to strong El Nino might have caused the yellow -bellied snake to travel north.

A rare, deadly yellow-bellied sea snake has been spotted on California shores for the second time in less than two months.  

The diseased snake was found on Huntington Beach by the volunteers of Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental, group who was involved in a cleanup campaign over there last week. 

“We’re rarely surprised anymore by the things we find during our beach clean-ups but this one was a shocker! Our Huntington Beach Surfrider Foundation chapter found this poisonous snake in the sand.” Surfrider Foundation writes on Facebook post.

“It’s super rare – scientists are saying this the first time in 30 years the snake has been sighted in the waters off California. Words of wisdom for those who like to play with snakes – don’t touch it, it’s highly venomous.”

Such venomous snake is extremely rare to be found on California beach and it has been happened only twice in the history before, once October this year when a 2 foot long snake washed up on Silver Strand Beach whereas the other was spotted way back in 1972 in San Clemente during an EL Nino.

Experts believe that the snake species, known as Pelamis platura might have been travelling to north due to abnormally warm ocean temperatures triggered by a strong El Nino this year.

Yellow bellied sea snake is the most widely disturbed sea snake species and found in the warm tropical waters off the coasts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Central America and Mexico. The snake has the ability to swim backward and forward and it can stay underwater for up to three hours.

Experts say that this venomous snake is unlikely to attack unless grabbed or approached first.


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