Poisonous and Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Spotted on Balboa Peninsula

A rare and venomous yellow-bellied sea snake was hanging on the beach by the 18th Street lifeguard tower Tuesday. The 25-inch female was spotted by strollers who saw it slithering weakly along the sand. The beachgoers alerted lifeguards, who oversaw its extrication off the beach. The snake was brought to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)…

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Rain Advisory in Effect for Newport Beach: Swim at Your Own Risk

As steady rainfall descends on our fair Balboa Peninsula shores, the Environmental Health staff at the County of Orange Health Care Agency has issued the following rain advisory for swimmers (and by default, surfers): The levels of bacteria can rise in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after…

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8 Awesome Places to Watch the Sunset in Newport Beach

It’s a honeyed kind of light that settles on Newport Beach at sunset. Quiet, warm, calming. Some call it golden hour. Others call it dusk. Magic works, too. On Balboa Peninsula, watching the sunset is a ritualistic experience, like Sunday night football or Monday morning coffee. Here at West Oceanfront, we’re no stranger to celebrating the sorcery…

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