Given the popularity that dolphins enjoy, it is certainly understandable that at least some of the information available in the media, the internet and from the minds of our fellow human beings is not always scientifically sound. Here are 5 commonly heard myths concerning dolphins. Number 3 Dolphins are one of the only animals to have sex for pleasure This particular myth tends to pop up with regularity in conversation whenever the subject turns to sex. Even the writers at the ever vigilant snopes. The problem here is that volumes could be and have been written on the definition of sexual behavior in animals and the description of pleasure. The truth here is that animals almost never engage in a sexual act with the specific intent of producing offspring; during ovulation or otherwise.
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. The finds also will help scientists see how evolution shaped the organs into their present forms.
Everything you always wanted to know about dolphin sex—but were afraid to ask
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Published online 13 October Nature doi Fin-scanning could speed up an essential conservation task — discerning male from female. Daniel Cressey.
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.