Australian YouTuber Brodie Moss was paddling when he stumbled upon the breathtaking sight of a sea serpent swimming up to him. The video, which he shared on Instagram two days ago, shows the snake displaying unusually daring behavior as it swims to the paddle board. While sea snakes generally avoid humans, Mr Moss explained that they tend to become “sexually frustrated and potentially aggressive” at this time of year.
“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 wrote while sharing the video that is to both frightening and fascinating.
The YouTuber added that the snake in his video appeared from the ocean floor and followed it before disappearing. The footage shows the reptile even placing its head on the paddleboard for a few moments before turning around and swimming.
The video has racked up nearly a million views on Instagram since it was shared two days ago. It has also made its way to other social media platforms like Twitter.
“Australians are not real people,” wrote one Twitter user, referring to the stereotype that Australians have become accustomed to the presence of dangerous animals.
“aurrrr how intimidating is that ????????” australians are not real people pic.twitter.com/ZA74EivkAs
– molls ?????????? ♀️ (@ 444molls) August 31, 2021
The video recorded 4.9 million views on the microblogging platform in two days. Take a look at some of the reactions it elicited:
It is a sea serpent, some can dive up to 250 meters (800 feet), cool underwater for 8 hours, and can be incredibly poisonous depending on the species. Interestingly enough, it has been reported that in Australia no one has been killed by one.
– Akira (@cyanidegrape) August 31, 2021
Snakes able to swim don’t sit well with me
– ⛅️ (@jvénxo) August 31, 2021
No way I’m having a happy little reunion with that dangerous noodle
– First in a staircase (@underscoremarx) August 31, 2021
I find it funny Australia has the stereotype of being dangerous when I find the animals in America much scarier lol
– (@YSLcheer) August 31, 2021
Sea snakes, also known as coral reef snakes, are snakes that live in water most or all of the time. Most of the sea snakes discovered so far are very poisonous.
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