Monday, May 16, 2011
Learning Today: May 17th 2011. The Octopus Of Love And Death
When you love someone, what's better than giving them a little reminder of yourself? A poem. A picture. Something that reminds your lover of you when you are gone. The male blanket octopus has found the perfect gift. He gives his mate his penis.
Well, it's not really his penis. Male octopuses have a special sperm tentacle which they use to give lady octopuses their sperm sack. Sounds lovely, I know, but it gets the job done. When Mr. Blanket Octopus hands over his bag of squiggly octopod love, Mrs. Blanket Octopus gets a little something extra. He gives her his entire love tentacle. And then he dies.
Isn't nature great?
Source: Sex Drugs and Sea Slime on CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, May 14th.