A herd of horny manatees caused a traffic jam in Florida yesterday

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It's that special time of year when groups of horny male sea cows track down females, herd them into shallow water, and desperately try to get it in. 

Biologists call these sloppy manatee orgies a "mating ball," and they're pretty rare to see, which is why motorists in Tampa backed up traffic when they spotted one near the Courtney Campbell Causeway Tuesday afternoon, reports WFTS.  

Come on, give 'em some privacy. 

Kane Rigney, a marine biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, says that mating season goes from March to November and is generally not pleasant for the female, meaning she'll actually try to beach herself to get away from male suitors. 

Here's Rigney dropping knowledge on manatee mating habits: 



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