Deadly Sea Snakes Washing Up on Southern California Shores

Amidst the shark attacks and strange happenings on Southern California that I am sure you have heard of on the news, another catastrophe has made its claim on the seashores of Southern California. It seems, reportedly, that these snakes are highly venomous and even eccentric animals that have been brought along with the El Nino of this year. The snakes, reportedly, show up during El Nino years on the coastlines.


This very snake, the pelamis platura, lives its whole life inside the water. It is physically characterized by its notably yellow belly and, according to a blog post by the nonprofit environmental advocacy group, the snakes ancestors include Asian Cobras and the Australian Tiger Snake. Also in the blog post, it was said that the snake resides in tropical, warm waters. Its genis name, pelamis, is taken from the Greek origin for the phrase, “tunny fish,” which refers most probably to an area they had inhabited or what they fed on according to French Zoologist Francoise Daudin. The species name, platura, means flattened tail, obviously referring to a conspicuously flat tail that they possess.


Also, according to KTLA, one of these lethal creatures was spotted at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, CA. Since these snakes were first seen in the El Nino phenomenon of 1980, it has been a good thirty-five years since their appearance. Amidst the reports of the appearance of this creature on the coastlines, it has also been realized there is a certain relocation of this serpent that is happening; in fact, it is the first time the species has been seen in Ventura Country, according to the Los Angeles Times.



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