Venomous snakes hit Central California shores
October 18, 2015
Several highly venomous sea snakes were spotted last week on a beach near Oxnard in Ventura County.
On Thursday, a dead yellow-bellied sea snake was spotted on Silver Strand State Beach. On Friday, a surfer discovered a lethargic sea snake on the same beach.
Sea snakes typically spend their entire lives in the water and only come to shore if they are injured or ill.
Scientists report this is the farthest north the sea snake has ever been documented in the Pacific Coast of North America. Normally, the venomous snakes are found in tropical waters closer to Baja California and Central America.
However, this year’s El Nino is warming the ocean and attracting more tropical species such as hammerhead sharks, turtles and tropical fish to the Central Coast.