Discovery of rare, venomous yellow-bellied sea snake in Newport Beach could mean trouble for sea lions – Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH — Officials from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, Jan. 11 are joining scientists from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to announce the discovery in Newport Beach of a rare, venomous yellow-bellied sea snake.

The 25-inch-long adult female snake, found by a beachgoer who nearly tripped over it near the 18th Street lifeguard tower on Tuesday, has the marine mammal rescue center assessing what it could mean for sea lion strandings this year.

Scientists at the Los Angeles museum are excited, but a bit concerned.

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