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Male deep-water squid solves relationship problem with ’strongly elongated penis’

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments

I suppose this isn’t on-topic as it is sex science related to animals, not people. Also, it’s sad — if I am reading it correctly, the discovery process involved vivisection. But it’s worth reading, just to be able to quote a scientist every time a problem crops up in the future.

Super squid sex organ discovered
The mating habits of deep-sea squid have been revealed for the first time, after the discovery of a male squid with a huge elongated and erect penis.

The male squid’s sexual organ is almost as long as its whole body, including the squid’s mantle, head and arms.

That shows how male deep-sea squid inseminate females; they use their huge penis to shoot out packages of sperm, injecting them into the female’s body.

The discovery may also help explain how giant squid mate in the ocean depths.

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“Obviously a strongly elongated penis is the solution,” says Dr [Alexander] Arkhipkin.

Isn’t it always?

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