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Rare, venomous snake appears in SoCal

Rare, venomous snake appears in SoCal”

Taking a trip to a beach in Southern California is supposed to be a relaxing, leisurely experience.

As for the recently discovered female sea snake, lifeguards took it to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, where the decision to euthanize it was made.

The yellow-bellied sea snake, which features a paddle-shaped tail, is found in the open ocean where it feeds exclusively on fish.

Our planet is getting warmer. Evidence of that fact is everywhere, from bleached coral reefs to damaged food supplies, and now it might also be pushing venomous sea creatures like the yellow-bellied sea snake farther north than they belong.

"For the fourth time in just over two years, we have discovered this lovely sea snake in Southern California", said Greg Pauly, associate curator of herpetology at the museum.

In a possible sign of ocean warming, a rare sea snake has turned up on a Southern California beach. The species is usually found in warmer waters off the coast of Mexico.

The sea snake, identified by its yellow belly, was found near the 18th Street lifeguard tower on Monday, which was the third report of the species in Southern California since 2015.

He pointed to rising ocean temperatures as the reason why this rare phenomenon was occurring more frequently.

Scientists have been voicing increasingly dire opinions with regards to climate change and the notorious "tipping point" from which we'll be unable to recover.

Karen Martin, a professor of biology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, said that it was not unexpected to find the sea snakes washing ashore.



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