Venomous Sea Snake Washes up on Coronado

Date of Record: 2016-01-13

Contact: Janine Zúñiga; (619) 522-7340

Sea Snake on Beach

Venomous Sea Snake Washes up on Coronado

CORONADO, CA (January 13, 2016) – A venomous sea snake washed up on Coronado’s North Beach Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after being secured by lifeguards, the 20-inch-long snake died.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a citizen brought the snake which was barely alive to the attention of lifeguards, who placed it in a bucket. The snake was found on Dog Beach near Naval Air Station North Island. Lifeguards contacted several local snake experts, who concluded the reptile was a yellow-bellied sea snake normally found in tropical oceanic waters.

The snake’s venom is highly potent but is used on prey. No human deaths have been reported. At the direction of California Department of Fish and Game officials, the City will give the snake to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The same type of snake has been reported washing up on shore in California in recent months, a sign of warming ocean temperatures and El Niño conditions.


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