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July 18, 2008
Friday Squid Blogging: Researching the Reproductive Habits of Giant Squids
I sure want to know more:
Giants have very strange sexual behaviour where the male has a metre-long muscular penis that he uses a bit like a nail gun and shoots cords of sperm under the skin of the female's arms and she carries the sperm around with her until she is ready to lay her big jelly mass of a million eggs.
Posted on July 18, 2008 at 4:05 PM
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Great photo with that man amd his hands :)
Sorry, that sounds like perfectly normal squid biology to me, only it isn't a penis, it's a modified arm, a hectocotylus. PZ has a fairly good description: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/02/...
(Sometimes they get confused during mating; confused enough to shoot sperm into their own arms...)
"Sometimes they get confused during mating; confused enough to shoot sperm into their own arms."
I can safely say that this is not limited to cephalopods.
"the male swims upside-down above the female..."
Why doesn't he just go ahead and say it - isn't this the missionary position? Isn't that extremely rare in the animal kingdom?
"penis that he uses a bit like a nail gun"
nail gun? of all the things that fire projectiles, surely that is not the best one they could think of.
Animals are disgusting. No wonder people are driving them to the point of extinction.
> Animals are disgusting
Donno, have you tried them fried?
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