For the second time in several months, the rare and poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake has washed up on California’s shore — this time in Coronado.
The nearly 3-foot long snake was still alive when found on Dog Beach on Coronado’s North Island, Tuesday afternoon, the City of Coronado reports.
The first snake of this kind to wash up in almost 30-years, appeared in Ventura county several months ago, signaling, what experts say, is warming water temperature, due to El Niño.
The yellow-bellied sea snake, also known as the Pelamis platura, is known to live in tropical waters, usually much warmer than ours.
The snake, which died soon after being found, will be taken to Scripps Institution of Oceanography to be studied.