Pacific snake eel, rarely seen in Oregon, found near Astoria

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific snake eel rarely seen in waters as far north as Oregon has been discovered in the sand near Astoria. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a man happened on the creature, which appeared to be in distress. He called the Seaside Aquarium, which is is closed due to coronavirus social distancing protocols, but staff were there to care for the animals.  Aquarium officials said on Facebook that as soon as the man described it as a sea snake they knew that it was most likely a Pacific Snake Eel. A similar scene played out last year when beach visitors discovered a Pacific snake eel buried in the sand in Long Beach, Washington.