Terrifying moment when a paddleboarder comes face to face with a ‘sexually frustrated’ venomous sea snake trying to slide onto the board in the middle of the ocean
- Huge poisonous snake tries to climb on the man’s board in the middle of the ocean
- Paddle boarder explained that six-foot snake was ‘sexually frustrated’
- Spine-tingled images show the snake placing its head directly on its plate
- Sea snakes are highly venomous snakes that live in warm coastal waters
A paddleboarder captured the terrifying moment a “sexually frustrated” sea snake tried to slide onto his board in the middle of the ocean.
Brodie Moss, an Australian filmmaker and ocean enthusiast, uploaded the chilling video of the curious sea serpent to TikTok on Tuesday.
“Sea snakes normally avoid humans, but at this time of year they become very active, sexually frustrated and potentially aggressive when looking for a mate,” he explains.
Brodie Moss, a filmmaker and ocean enthusiast, uploaded the chilling video of the curious sea serpent (pictured) to TikTok on Tuesday
In the footage, the six-foot snake emerges from the depths of the ocean floor, forming a bee line for Brodie’s paddleboard.
“He just came right at me again. How intimidating this is,” he says.
“Look at this. It’s a big old dog.’
In a heart-pounding moment, the giant snake puts its head on the board before slipping away as quickly as it appeared.
An obviously excited Brodie turns the camera back on himself and explains why the sea creature got a little too close for comfort.
“What he’s doing, this time of year they’re looking for a mate, and these old dogs don’t have the advantage anymore like the young ones,” he says.
“So they get so frustrated. If you ever get bitten, that’s exactly when you get bitten.’
In a heart-pounding moment, the giant snake placed its head on the side of the board before slipping away as fast as it appeared
TikTok users around the world quickly shared their thoughts about the terrifying interaction, and the video has been viewed more than 14 million times.
“Now that I think about it, it’s crazy that there are snakes that live exclusively in the sea,” said one user.
“The thirteenth reason not to visit Australia,” joked another.
“This is the most Australian thing I’ve seen in a minute,” said a third.
Sea snakes are front-toothed snakes that live in warm coastal waters in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans and come to the surface to breathe.
According to Live Science, male sea snakes become sexually frustrated and can sometimes mistake humans for mates due to the animals’ poor vision.
The snakes have been observed to perform elaborate sequences in the water often used during courtship with a woman.
Although the reptiles are venomous and potentially deadly to humans, experts say divers are not at increased risk from swimming with the snakes during the mating season.
The olive sea snake (pictured) is the most common sea snake found along the northern coast of Australia and nearby islands and has a bit that is venomous and sometimes fatal to humans
FACTS ABOUT THE OLIVE SEA SNAKE
The olive sea snake is the most common sea snake along the northern coast of Australia and nearby islands
The species can grow up to two meters in length and has a flattened, paddle-like tail and a large lung that allows it to breathe for hours on the surface.
The snake is highly venomous and actively hunts small to medium sized fish, shrimp and crabs – prefers to hunt at night
Olive sea snakes are naturally curious and have been known to approach humans, not aggressive but curious, especially at night
Although they rarely bite humans, their bites are known to be fatal
Scientists generally believe that some populations of olive sea snakes are declining, but not at a worrying rate