Warming oceans are pushing poisonous sea snakes towards the United States

venomous sea snake

Taking a trip to a beach in Southern California is supposed to be a relaxing, leisurely experience. For some beachgoers earlier this week it was anything but, as a venomous sea snake was discovered on the sand, soaking up the sun like a tourist who had outstayed his welcome. The visit from the creature, a yellow-bellied sea snake, is troublesome for a number of reasons, including the chance that it could have bitten and seriously harmed someone. But what's most alarming is the fact that the snake isn't really supposed to be here at all.

Our planet is getting warmer. Evidence of that fact is everywhere, from bleached coral reefs to damaged food supplies, and now it might also be pushing venomous sea creatures like the yellow-bellied sea snake farther north than they belong.

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