Doom: ‘Climate Change’ Could Maybe Possibly Bring More Venomous Sea Snakes To California

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Could Climate Change Bring More Venomous Sea Snakes to California?

When an extreme El Niño weather pattern raised Pacific Ocean temperatures off the coast of Southern California three years ago, extremely venomous yellow-bellied sea snakes — a creature that had only been seen once before, in 1972 — washed up on three Southern California beaches.

The yellow-bellied sea snake (Hydrophis platurus), a descendant from Asian cobras and Australian tiger snakes, is the most widespread snake species in the world. These snakes spend their entire lives in the water – but normally in warm, tropical habitats.

There have been no additional sea snake sightings on California beaches until this year, and there’s no El Niño weather pattern this time around. On Jan. 11, someone walking along the sands of Newport Beach nearly tripped over a 2-foot-long female sea snake.

Due to climate change and rising ocean temperatures, “the species that respond to that change will be those that are the most mobile,” Greg Pauly, associate curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA), told the Los Angeles Times. “So the big question now is this: Are sea snakes swimming off the coast of Southern California the new normal?”

Since this all about Science, well

It could very well be. On its website, the NHMLA says “the phrase ‘sea snake on a California beach’ may be the new ‘canary in a coal mine’ for climate change.”

This is how science works in Warmist World: something happens, and they immediately trot out Doomsaying without facts.

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6 Responses to “Doom: ‘Climate Change’ Could Maybe Possibly Bring More Venomous Sea Snakes To California”

  1. Jeffery says:

    without facts.

    Actually finding yellow-bellied sea snakes in California is a fact. Do you think someone was lying about what they found? Is it “fake news!”? Possibly their appearance is merely a fluke, but if they keep appearing with each El Nino where they weren’t reported before, maybe it’s time to wonder why.

    On the surface, the appearance of tropical snakes in previously non-tropical locations, after the oceans start to warm, seems consistent.

    Scientists always strive for context.

    • o0Nighthawk0o says:

      Actually just sea SNAKE, singular.

      Considering that these snakes like water that is above 66 degrees Fahrenheit and the water temp where this ONE snake was fount was 61 degrees Fahrenheit, I would more likely point to it being lost quicker than blaming AGW.

      But of course, you being such a stickler to the scientific method, would blame AGW on the basis of a SINGLE snake being found in California.

      • Jeffery says:


        You’re mistaken in claiming a SINGLE snake was found, but it is not your fault as TEACH only copied and pasted to support his breathless point about “warmists” exaggerating “doom” or something. But you would be advised to read the articles TEACH cites as he is not a very accurate reporter.

        The FIVE sea snakes that have been found on California beaches

        TEACH didn’t copy and paste that, nor did he copy and paste:

        As scary as this may sound, the yellow-bellied sea snake is fortunately not known to be very aggressive toward humans. They’re not dangerous “unless people handle them carelessly,” Pauly said.

        There was no “doom” in the article, TEACH made that part up.

        Of course your rebuttal will be that FIVE snakes is still too few, but that wasn’t your original point about accuracy was it?

        Apology accepted. Now go and sin no more. And read. Don’t take TEACHs word for it.

        • o0Nighthawk0o says:

          I did read and perhaps YOU should too. There have been 5 snakes since 1972. One then and three during the winter of 2015-16 and then this one in 2018. This article speaks of the ONE snake in 2018 as a harbinger of things to come because of AGW because all the other 4 snakes came ashore during El Nino years. But this single occurrence is being touted as the canary in the coal mine of climate change.

          Seems that the Care2 article is a bit ‘misleading’. Yeah it states that 5 snakes have been found but fails to mention that they were found during the times I stated above and would have the reader believe that all 5 snakes were found this year. So it isn’t our host being inaccurate, it’s the original article. What this article also fails to mention is that these snakes live in waters that are above 66 degrees Fahrenheit and the water at the beach where the snake was found was 61 degrees Fahrenheit. This snake would not have willingly swam into this water. So it was likely swept there by the Davidson current.

          I will not apologize for being right. Now take your own advise and read.

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