2021-10-17

Research: the unprovoked attack of the poisonous olive sea snake on scuba divers may be related to mating

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Research: the unprovoked attack of the poisonous olive sea snake on scuba divers may be related to mating

the researchers found that among 158 contacts, sea snakes approached divers 74 times, and this occurred more frequently between May and August, the mating season. Male sea snakes are more likely than female sea snakes to approach divers – especially during mating season – and flick their tongues near the divers’ bodies. Thirteen contacts involved sea snakes rushing towards divers

the researchers observed that all charges occurred during the mating season, and those involving males occurred immediately after unsuccessful pursuit of females or interaction with male opponents. Three males were also observed coiled around the diver’s fins, a behavior usually observed during courtship. The charge of the female snake occurs after they are chased by the male snake or lose their sight, and then re approach the diver

previous studies have shown that sea snakes find it difficult to recognize shapes in water. The researchers believe that the sea snake attack may be because the male sea snake mistook the diver for an opponent or potential mate, while the female sea snake thought the diver was a potential hiding place. The team pointed out that by keeping still and allowing sea snakes to investigate them with their tongue, divers are unlikely to be attacked and bitten

“the ocean is a dangerous place for humans – if something goes wrong, things may end badly,” Professor shine said, “Seeing a huge sea snake flying towards you is certainly’something wrong’. I hope to understand why the snake is coming towards you – it mistook you for the female of its own species – can calm your nerves and bring a better result.”