Scientists Spy on Sex Lives of Octopuses


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Finding a human mate is difficult enough. We at least, however, have bars and online dating sites. For the octopus, things can be a little more challenging.

Sure, there might be the proverbial “plenty more octopuses in the sea,” but actually locating one in the vast ocean is no easy task. So when a male finds a female, he flies into action. What if there is competition for a female’s interest? Mate-hungry males often make their move on the female first, before taking up arms against another male, according to recent octopus sex research. Especially if the female in question is young.

Most octopuses live no more than a year or two and spend nearly all of that time alone. These anti-social (cannibalistic) animals look for other octopuses only to mate, a rite of passage that may only happen once in their lives. It turns out, though, that we know very little about octopuses’ mating habits (apparently even less than we do about cuttlefish and squid sex). We’re mostly in the dark about how they find mates, how much males are willing —> Read More Here


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