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21 September 2011

Even 5-inch Deep Sea Squid Do It!

From the featured Science story in the Times:
A five-and-a-half-inch deep-sea squid that lives a solitary life up to half a mile down in the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean is the latest addition to the hundreds of species that are known to engage in same-sex sex.
So, so then Gay Marriage just has to make sense, doncha see?! The next six paragraphs continue to discuss same-sex activity of some sort in nature. Not until the seventh paragraph do we find a description of this squid's "same-sex sex" - the males simply fire off sperm in the direction of the nearest squid that might pass by, in the hope that in the deep-sea's blackness it might catch a female. Yep, that's it - no Brokeback Mountain romanticism after all. Then, at the end of the article, the writer has the nerve to pooh-pooh any anthropomorphism that might appear in the less responsible press.
Dr. Hoving was prepared for attention to the same-sex behavior and was ready for people to conflate squid and human behavior and announce the discovery of gay squid. He fended off that notion, reiterating that the squid has no discernible sexual orientation, and that a tentacled invertebrate that shoots sperm into its mate’s flesh really has nothing to do with human behavior.
Of course not - who would ever dream of making such a connection - wink, wink.



Blogger Dennis Dale said...

Spewing at random passersby does resemble cruising in a way.

October 04, 2011 12:41 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

Implausible deniability.

October 22, 2011 1:51 AM  

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