Imagine this: You're scuba diving and a sea snake coils around your fins, licks the water around you and CHASES you under water. This sounds like a nightmare, but apparently it's been happening. Why? It's mating season and these sea snakes are confusing divers as potential mated.
EXCUSE ME, WHAT?!
Yeah, Sexually frustrated sea snakes are reportedly confusing scuba divers for sexual partners.
Tim Lynch, a senior research scientist at Australia's national science agency collected this data in the mid-1990s in the Great Barrier Reef, but the finding are still relevant. In his studies, Tim recorded snake encounters and noticed a link between their frisky behavior and mating season. Time says, quote, "They are not actually trying to attack you; they are just curious."
Researchers suspect that the snakes that chased were probably in the middle of a failed mating attempt and lost contact with the female snake they were courting.