There were several articles written about them — see examples in National Geographic, Scientific American, and The Washington Post.
With the strong El Niño conditions this winter, and hearing about these sea snake sightings, you can imagine that I've been watching the wrack line closely.
Not too long ago, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this on the beach:
I was a little hesitant, but eventually I was brave enough to flip the snake over:
Can you believe it? Even rarer than a Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, this is the first sighting of a White-spotted Sea Snake (Pelamus albomaculata) in North America!
Okay, okay — April Fool!
Hope I didn't get you too excited. (Perhaps you could tell that this snake didn't have a flattened tail, and that it was made out of rubber. But it did make me do a double-take when I found it washed ashore!)
Enjoy the first day of April! :)