Sex with an octopus

Duration: 4min 49sec Views: 284 Submitted: 31.05.2020
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Two deep-sea squids in the genus Gonatus mate. They also have developed a variety of complex social and survival behaviors. In a recent paper in Frontiers in Physiology Peter Morse from James Cook University and MBARI biologist Crissy Huffard summarize the variety of sexual and reproductive behaviors in cephalopods and discuss how these behaviors may help the animals survive. In general, shallow-water cephalopods typically grow fast, live for only a year or two, and die soon after spawning. Deep-water cephalopods are more likely to spawn multiple times and live for at least several years. This may help them cope with limited food and the challenges of finding mates.

The Weird World of Octopus Sex

The Sad Sex Secret of Octopuses

The octopuses on this video belong to the species Octopus Cyanea, more commonly known as the Big Blue Octopus. The Big Blue Octopus is a polygynous species, meaning that the male will attempt to mate with various females. When a male octopus is interested in a female, he will perform a number of mating rituals in order to attract her attention. He will engage in rapid color change, or show off his specialized mating arm known as the hectocotylus. Once the female signals approval, he will approach her carefully and try to insert the hectocotylus inside her mantle cavity. Once the hectocotylus is inside, it will start releasing the sperm packages it carries.

How male octopuses avoid being eaten by hungry females

Octopuses are considered the most intelligent of all invertebrates. Worldwide there are around recognized octopus species. The amazing facts about octopus are vast.
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