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 • 8 Comments


Andre LePlumeJuly 18, 2008 5:13 PM

"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.

altjiraJuly 18, 2008 8:02 PM

"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?

Davi OttenheimerJuly 20, 2008 4:41 PM

"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.

AnonymousJuly 21, 2008 6:15 AM

Animals are disgusting. No wonder people are driving them to the point of extinction.

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