Rare sea serpent washes ashore
According to media reports Monday, a rare sea serpent washes ashore in Huntington Beach last week.
The yellow-bellied sea snake was reported to have been found by the Huntington Beach Surfrider Foundation chapter during a beach clean-up, according to an online post.
“The Yellow-bellied Sea Snake has some of the most poisonous venom in the world, and is a descendant from Asian cobras and Australian tiger snakes,” stated the Facebook post by Heal the Bay’s senior coastal policy manager, Dana Murray.
Yellow-bellied sea snakes live in warmer climates, but may be migrating due to El Nino.
Back in October, a two-foot snake was found in Ventura County.
The snakes are deadly. Those who encounter one are urged to call local authorities.
“Do take as many photos as possible, with a cell phone, camera, whatever you have available to you. Do try and get accurate location information. Ideally GPS data would be the best possible option, but any and all location information is greatly appreciated,” explained Heal The Bay. “Your data will be used to confirm this El Nino as the first time in 30 years this fascinating animal has been in our waters. The information you provide could be published in scientific journals, in which your sighting will be mentioned as well as your name if you desire.”
The yellow-bellied sea snake, Hydrophis platurus, by contrast, has a vast range and habitat. The 3.3-foot-long (1 meter) snakes drift along ocean currents feeding on fish, and are found in the middle of the vast Indian and Pacific oceans, spending months without any freshwater sources.