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 (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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