Six Sultry, Salty Sex Facts about Sharks

Six Sultry, Salty Sex Facts about Sharks

It's Shark Week, and the focus as usual has been on the predatory powers of these mighty hunters of the deep. But far more impressive than how sharks down their prey, is how they make the next generation of sharks.  With by far one of—if not THE most—diverse range of sexual strategies of any group of animals on the planet, here's a list of six shark sex facts that make predation seems rather boring, really:

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Practicing Safe-Sex…For Your Seafood

Practicing Safe-Sex…For Your Seafood

Sex doesn’t have to be the first thing you think of when approaching the fish counter—but it should factor into your final purchase decision. And I don’t mean oysters-as-aphrodisiacs. Whether you’re planning a summer fish fry or succulent sushi dinner, choosing sex-friendly seafood options has never been easier—or more important. 

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‘Tis the season for seahorse sex

‘Tis the season for seahorse sex

It’s January, and seahorses in the southern hemisphere are full swing into some summer lovin’.  And if you’re out cruising the seagrass beds off Australia’s south coast, you might get lucky too, and witness the remarkable act of a female impregnating a male. Seahorses turn the tables on sexual roles.

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Ribbon eels: when your junk is in the trunk

Ribbon eels: when your junk is in the trunk

The Central Florida Aquarium Society recently posted this mesmerizing footage of a ribbon eel undulating across the seafloor.  While the eel looks like something out of a Gymnastics ribbon routine, for this fish, it is simply swimming. It just looks fancy. It’s the striking colors and unusually elongate and narrow body that creates the effect. And as noted, it’s part of why the ribbon eel is considered unique. But there’s more to this fish’s novelty than meets the eye.

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