Venomous sea snake washes up on California beach

Rare Venomous Sea Snake Washes Up on California Beach

SAN DIEGO – A potentially dangerous sea snake washed up on the shore of Coronado's North Beach Tuesday afternoon, lifeguards said.

A picture of the 20-inch-long snake pelamis platura, a black and yellow snake, was taken by Coronado lifeguards around 2:30 p.m. It was seen near one of their lifeguard towers.

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A citizen brought the snake which was barely alive to the attention of lifeguards, who placed it in a bucket.

Although it is extremely rare to see this type of snake along the California coast, another one was seen on the shores of Huntington Beach on December 12.

Some believe the warmer than normal water temperatures and El Nino conditions could be the reason the snakes are traveling further north to feed on fish and eels.

People are advised not to touch the animal. Sea snake venom can cause damage to skeletal muscle. No human deaths have been reported, lifeguards said.

At the direction of California Department of Fish and Game officials, it will be given to Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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