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10 Strange Animal Mating Rituals (Slideshow)

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Day Octopus: Keep Your Distance

Female day octopi are known to eat their partners after mating. When a male finds a female, he extends one arm and waves. If she responds, he uses his arm to place a sperm packet under the female’s body covering. The octopi stay at an arm’s length, appearing as though they are holding hands.

Read about the Raja Ampat islands where the octopus and other amazing underwater creatures live.

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(Image: Day octopus at the Waikiki Aquarium. Source: brxO/Flicker via a Creative Commons license.)

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9:42PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

And I thought we were complicated :)

9:38AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thank you! Re-shared :)

10:42PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012


6:07PM PDT on May 29, 2012

just amazing. all of it was super interesting. thanks!

5:08AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Oh my gosh. Lions are sex addicts (LOL).

1:01PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012


9:00AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

mating in nature has far more variety than many who talk about the "laws of nature" or what is "natural" behavior have ever actually learned.......

5:57AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012


7:34AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Thanks, interesting.

3:09PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Just right for each one.

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