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Poisonous sea snakes wash up on Australian beaches

There’s been a spate of yellow-bellied sea snakes have been found washed up on New South Wales beaches after recent wild weather.

The tail of a yellow-bellied sea snake on the sand.
The tail of a yellow-bellied sea snake on the sand. Image by sally peyou / CC BY 2.0

Locals have been throwing the snakes back in the sea where they can, despite the danger, because their best chance of surviving is in the water. The snakes are venomous but usually not aggressive. Yellow-bellied sea snakes are found within a few kms of coastlines off Australia and in other parts of the world. They prefer shallow inshore waters but are also found in open sea. To be washed up on the beach means they’re either ill, or ocean turbulence caused by strong winds or storms has exhausted them. Read more: theguardian.com