An “exotic, incredibly venomous” sea snake has been spotted along the Southern California coast, and a local environmental group said the creature was brought to shore courtesy of El Niño. At least one yellow-bellied sea snake, which lives its entire life in the ocean, was recently spotted at  Silver Strand Beach near Oxnard. The reptile typically lives in warmer tropical waters, and its appearance is probably a harbinger of El Niño, the cyclical weather phenomenon connected to warmer sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, according to Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay

The snake sighting was highlighted the nonprofit environmental advocacy group in a blog post on Friday. “The Yellow-bellied Sea Snake has some of the most poisonous venom in the world, and is a descendant from Asian cobras and Australian tiger snakes,” stated the post by Heal the Bay’s senior coastal policy manager, Dana Murray. CONTINUE