When you see one, they will attack you. Grab a pike or spear, and just hit it / back up a few times. Because they can also be found in vast numbers around Viking bay, grab a friend or 2 to help exterminate.
Be very careful about these-they do tons of torpor damage, I was down on the bottom of the ocean (on the island) and I saw a pack of these sea scorpions. I decided to dismount off of my mosa and kill them with my pick, as that would get more black pearls. When I got close to them one of them-a level ten hit me and knocked me out in one shot. I was level 88, wearing journeyman flak and apprentice riot. And they knocked me out in one hit. The moral of the story is that these things are very dangerous.