Happy Valentine’s Day to all Ocean Lovers.
Have we got some risque stories for you, care of our friends from the deep! First, the cute stuff. The racy comes later! Make sure to read to the end.
The Ocean Conservancy celebrates this day by highlighting some very amorous and photogenic sea creatures.
Angelfish, Puffins, Sea Horses and Penguins are all Casanovas
Let’s start with the Albatross: As writer Noah Strycher puts it “There’s love, then there’s albatross love”. They mate for life and take courtship very seriously, spending years to find the right partner. (photo – Christopher Michel, Wikipedia Commons)
Fish are not normally monogamous, but we know there are always exceptions. Enter the French Angelfish. We seem to see them always in pairs, even when hunting, defending their turf or sleeping.
Puffins, can wait for up to six years to mate but then remain faithful for life.
Sea Horses perform elaborate dance rituals, which sometimes last for days. Once they actually get it on, the hundreds of fertilized eggs are then protected within a pouch on Dad’s body until they develop.
Finally, penguins. The males are champs at charm. They dance, build nests and/or find just the right pebble to show their love. (photo – Natalie Bowes -WWF Canada)
Hot Water: The Bizarre Sex Lives of Ocean Creatures
Who would have guessed that the headline above is from Nat. Geo! We pass this interview along to you, uncensored from the original:
Marah J. Hardt describes how she came to write her new book, Sex in the Sea. “I was at a party when [a woman] said, “I just wish I could be in the body of a guy and know what’s going in their heads!” I said, “Yes, if only we could be parrotfish.” The conversation stopped. I said, “They start as females and when they get to a certain stature they become male, so one fish knows what it’s like for both sexes.” Marah’s deeper message is one of conservation. “If we want a healthy ocean we have to make sure it’s safe for sex.” (photo – Tim Laman, National Geographic)
Sea Creatures Have the Kinkiest Sex
See I told you things would get racy! In another review of the book Sex in the Sea from the New York Post, author Marah J. Hardt reveals:
Male and female lobsters consider urine a love potion.
Mobula rays launch themselves into the air to attract mates.
Grunions hurl themselves onto the beach to get attention.
Male cuttlefish cross-dress to disguise their true desires.
(Mobula Rays photo courtesy BBC.com)
Guppy Love: 5 of the Weirdest Ways Marine Animals Reproduce
50 Shades of Grey has nothing on 50 Shades of Blue.
Love in the ocean can include romance, sex change and cannibalism explains Oceana.
Marine flatworms are each equipped with two penises! They duel with their genitalia in an attempt to inseminate one another.
Palolo worms, release egg and sperm into the water on the lunar cycle. The Blue Banded Goby can change sex many times over its life, moving from king to queen and then king again.
Octopus are known to practice sexual cannibalism. In Palau one female Blue Octopus, mated with a male 13 times, strangled and ate him. Now that’s an interesting twist on taking your date to dinner. Then we have the Right Whale. These animals are not at the very apex of the food chain because that distinction belongs to the Blue Whale. However, the Right Whale is famous for having the world’s largest testes, each weighing in at about 1000 pounds. Those are some cojones!
We Are Just Skimming the Surface!
There’s a lot more underwater hanky panky going on but it will be left up to you to investigate – I need to get back to work! Below are more links to Deeper Shades of Blue. Happy Valentines Day and think about all that is going on beneath the surface as you lift that glass of bubbly!
Get the book! Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep
The Sex Lives of Sea Creatures from the New Republic
Secret Lives of Deep-Sea Beasts Revealed in Live Science
Animal Couples that win Valentine’s Day from Marine Science Today
World’s Weirdest; Underwater Food Chain at National Geographic
Sex Lives of Dolphins at the Mirror
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