The male blanket octopus faces a significant gender imbalance - he is just two centimetres long, while the female of the species can measure up to two metres. And as if being times smaller than his mate wasn't bad enough, he dies right after having sex with her. A senior curator at the Melbourne Museum, Mark Norman, who recently found a living specimen on the Great Barrier Reef, said that until now the male had only been discovered dead in trawls and plankton nets. His achievement in capturing and photographing a live one has been documented in a recent paper for the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research.
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All rights reserved. A female blanket octopus is dramatically larger than males, which put their energy into finding females in the open ocean. It's true that gorilla males are much bigger than females. But dramatically large females are the norm in some species of frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes, and spiders. For instance, female map turtles , native to the central and eastern U.
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Often considered the smartest invertebrates animals without backbones on the planet, octopuses can use tools, unscrew jar lids and tightly control their body color to match their surroundings. Octopuses come in all shapes and sizes and inhabit diverse regions of the ocean. There are about different species of octopuses in the genus Octopus , and at least another species in other genera, said Jennifer Mather, a cephalopod expert at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Scientists have witnessed the mating behavior of only about a dozen species, she added.
By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline. Humans may have their quirks and kinks, but sex in the animal kingdom can be truly strange and excruciatingly painful. Scroll down for video. The Argonaut octopus' pictured mating ritual has been voted the strangest.