Venomous sea snake washes onto Southern California shore

Dec 21, 2015 1:00 PM by News Staff, Photo: Natural History Museum Los Angeles County

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A dead yellow-bellied sea snake from southern Mexico was discovered on Bolsa Chica beach during a weekend cleanup effort, only the third one ever reported in California.

Natural History Museum snake curator Greg Pauly says it's only the seventh or eighth one ever seen north of Baja California's Magdalena Bay.

All of the sightings in California have come during El Nino years when oceans are warmer than usual. The last one washed ashore at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard in October. One other was found in 1972 at San Clemente State Beach.

Pauly tells the Orange County Register that one in a year is incredible but two is mind-blowing.

The snakes are venomous but not dangerous to humans because they can't open their jaws very wide.


Information from: The Orange County Register,

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