Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep

Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep

Marah J. Hardt

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 2:00325977

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Forget the Kama Sutra. When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea. There we find the elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters; giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome whilst holding their breath; full moon sex parties of groupers and daily mating blitzes by blueheaded wrasse. Deep-sea squid perform inverted 69s, while hermaphrodite sea slugs link up in giant sex loops. From doubly endowed sharks to the maze-like vaginas of some whales, Sex in the Sea is a journey unlike any other to explore the staggering ways life begets life beneath the waves.

Beyond a deliciously voyeuristic excursion, Sex in the Sea uniquely connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. Through overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution we are disrupting the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of life in the ocean. With wit and scientific rigor, Hardt introduces us to the researchers and innovators who study the wet and wild sex lives of ocean life and offer solutions that promote rather than prevent, successful sex in the sea. Part science, part erotica, Sex in the Sea discusses how we can shift from a prophylactic to a more propagative force for life in the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hardly anything about most of them, least of all their sex lives. What we do know is that they all have internal fertilization, requiring close contact between males and females and the effective deployment of the clasper. Dr. Dean Grubbs of Florida State University has been studying shark reproduction for twenty years. He notes that when a male pushes his clasper into the female’s cloaca (the general opening that serves as entry and exit for penis, pee, poop, and, in many species, the birth of

while it doesn’t rely on sperm from the dead, it does involve a supernatural-like state, known as suspended animation. Elephant seal females employ this tactic every year. After spending a month nursing their fat-sucking pups on the beach, adult females are nearing starvation, having lost up to one-third of their body weight. It’s not a great time to become pregnant. Yet, as noted earlier, this brief beach interlude is the only time when males are around. So, mate they must. And although they do

in unsuitable terrain, with beach slopes that may be too steep for marine life to climb or unsuitable for nesting. There are initiatives under way to keep the grunion grunting, but success for all species that delight in sex on the edge will depend upon global action on climate change and more comprehensive coastal management. Horny Hordes of Horseshoe Crabs Forget the teenagers making out under the boardwalk: the real love fest at the Jersey Shore each summer happens at the water’s edge.

plan in place for all species. This plan includes monitoring density, in addition to the number of new baby abalone that appear. In addition, an active captive breeding program at Bodega Marine Laboratory at University of California, Davis is rearing white abalone with the hopes of one day having enough to re-seed the diminished populations in the wild. This focus on securing not just the right number of individuals but the right number within a specific area is especially important for the next

our own species, despite the fact that modern culture has pretty much erased the link between bigger and better. In blue whales, the allure may be similar, and it could explain why male blue whales have been dropping to a lower key over the past few decades. The theory is a work in progress, but it stems from intriguing data collected since the 1960s by naval submarine listening arrays, research cruises, and even seafloor seismometers. All show blue whale songs have dropped in pitch consistently

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