Cool Animal Mating Strategies

Published February 10, 2015

Looking to mix it up this Valentine’s Day? Let the out-of-the-box mating strategies of our favorite aquatic friends inspire you:

Humpback Whales

Humpback breaching near coast

These marvelous whales are known for their acrobatic breaches and the beautifully complex songs males perform during courtship.

Captured for the first time in 2012, the mating process for these gentle giants is apparently quite “brief.” Males will woo prospective females by battling each other in a process known as a “heat run.” They rely on song to add to their attraction factor.


Longsnout Seahorse

We could learn a thing or two about romance from the seahorse. Their reproductive process begins with daily pre-dawn dances, during which the male and female will intertwine tails and swim together.

This dance can last up to eight hours! At the end of their courtship ritual, the female deposits her eggs in the male’s pouch.

Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Male gentoo penguins have been known to present rocks to potential mates. Gentoo parents oftentimes form long-term bonds. Both male and female work together to build a nest of stones, grass, moss and feathers.

The parents take turns incubating the female’s eggs and also share the duties of foraging and brooding once their young is born!

Be sure to check out part one of this series!

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