A: Copulation is the most direct possible interaction between males and females, but we know so little about it largely due to the physical challenges of studying it, especially with underwater creatures. We do this by looking at tissue samples from animals that died of natural causes. We use whole penises and whole vaginas. A: Yeah. We found a way to inflate them so they would be the most close mimic of what a real intromission would look like. The bottlenose dolphin's vagina, seen here in gray, contains a number of intricate folds and flaps which the male's penis red must navigate if he is to deposit his sperm as close to the egg as possible.
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Procreating is serious business in the animal kingdom, and Mother Nature has gone out of her way to cleverly ensure the survival of her many, many denizens. From sex organs with multiple heads to prodigious shafts exceeding an animal's own body length, here are 12 of the weirdest and often scariest animal penises on the planet:. But what makes this soft-bodied marine mollusk particularly different is its ability to grow a new penis within 24 hours. Sea slugs are "simultaneous hermaphrodites," meaning they possess both male and female genitals and use both during intercourse.
All rights reserved. An image reconstructed from CT scans showing how the penis of the common bottlenose dolphin red fits within the intricate folds and turns of a bottlenose dolphin vagina. Thanks to a pressurized penis inflator and genitals flown in from across the U. In a word, swimmingly. She presented scans of two species of dolphins, as well as harbor porpoises and harbor seals, all produced using genitalia collected from animals that died of natural causes.