Squid Cuts Body of Sexual Partner

So was I thinking we could light a few candles, have some wine, and then...

So was I thinking we could light a few candles, have some wine, and then...

Yeah, squids are freaky…real freaky freaks.  An article over at Practical Fish Keeping details the work of recent PhD Henk-Jan Hoving.  His dissertation makes mine look like rainbows and unicorns.  The thrust of his work was to study reproductive techniques in deep-sea cephalopods.

Males of Taningia danae cut females then insert sperm packets into them. Onykia ingens males have spermatophores that secrete enzymes to dissolve tissues of the female.

This observation was supported by a bizarre incident in Japan, where a diner had to undergo an operation to remove a spermatophore lodged in his throat after eating squid.

Just remind your significant other on Valentine’s Day that you are really not that bad after all

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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