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8 species moving to cooler waters

By: Angela Nelson on Sept. 26, 2016, 6:15 a.m.
Yellow-bellied sea snake

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Yellow-bellied sea snake

This exotic and highly venomous snake usually spends its entire life in the tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but in the last few years, a couple of them have made appearances on California beaches. These slithering creatures previously hadn't been seen in California in nearly 30 years, according to Heal the Bay, an environmental group in Santa Monica. The snake, which has a bright yellow belly and a paddle-shaped tail, will drift up to colder latitudes on warm currents, especially when El Niño is strong.