Mating Season Mishaps? Unprovoked Attacks by Venomous Olive Sea Snakes on Scuba Divers

Olive sea snakes are among the largest marine snake species, and are abundant on some coral-reef areas. Credit: Jack Breedon

Attacks by venomous Olive sea snakes on scuba divers may be misdirected courtship behaviors, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
Scuba divers frequently report unprovoked attacks by sea snakes, which can involve chasing and biting. The reasons for these attacks have been unclear, but the new research suggests the sea snakes may be mistaking divers for potential mates.
Professor Rick Shine from Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences and colleagues analyzed data collected between 1994 and 1995 describing Olive …