This year’s sex week at the Loom (fungi, water striders, as well as electrically sensitive fish)
A kiss before dying (or something near enough): with its dying gasp, a squid got an erection that was 67 cm long, “almost the same length as the whole body of the animal,” ejaculated, and expired.
“And while it may seem odd to pose nude in front of Spock, Nimoy explains that each sitter interacted with him as an artist—effectively splitting Nimoy’s identity as an actor from the person behind the camera.” Here are Nimoy’s nude photos.
“The victim was a 60-year-old man who was possibly attempting to sexually approach the animal from behind when he was struck by it, sustaining fatal blunt injuries …. Fatal trauma associated with bovines is rare on the whole, and when it does occur it is usually caused by kicking.“
The reproductive system of the black swamp snake, Part 6: “The anterior testicular ducts of the North American natricine snake Seminatrix pygaea are described using light and electron microscopy.”
“Here we use a newly developed molecular technique to directly quantify mixed sperm stores in multiple mating females of the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus. In this species, female postcopulatory choice is easily observed and manipulated as females delay the removal of the spermatophore in favour of preferred males.“
“As for the male lemurs, they started spending less time with females after they’d been dosed [with a contraceptive]. ‘It could be they’re showing less interest because the females are not showing immediately fertility. Or maybe the females just smelled weird,’ Drea said.“
It turns out that the prairie vole, once reputed to be monogamous, “will sleep with anyone.”
“One of the biggest misconceptions about furries [people who wear full-body fur suits] is that they are all just a bunch of people who get together in mascot costumes and have sex. I’m not saying some people don’t do that ….“
“I have mixed feelings on highlighting bonobo sex life. Yes, it’s incredibly creative, and has more than once left my jaw hanging on the ground.” A review of Vanessa Woods’ Bonobo Handshake
On Philip Carr-Gomm’s new book, A Brief History of Nakedness