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Friday Cephalopod: Octopus orgy!

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Octopus kaurna
(That’s one female at the center of a mass of males)

Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

Comments

  1. #1 SteveL
    May 1, 2009

    The males die after mating don’t they?

  2. #2 anthonzi
    May 1, 2009

    mhmmm…DP

  3. #3 pikeamus
    May 1, 2009

    I think technically it’s a gangbang if there is only one female. If it were only one male and several females it would be a cluster fuck. I think you need at least two females and two males for an orgy.

  4. #4 Brian
    May 1, 2009

    o_O

  5. #5 pikeamus
    May 1, 2009

    I’m talking colloquially of course. Definitionally ‘orgy’ doesn’t have numbers.

  6. #6 blf
    May 1, 2009

    Whilst I like octopus (and esp. squid) sushi, that lady octopus must be really hungry eat all them other oct?whatever the feck the plural of octupus is?s/i/en/?

  7. #7 commentarina
    May 1, 2009

    I’m sorry, when that many guys get in a pile with one gal, the lady is just there to preserve the illusion of heterosexuality. These self-hating octo-queens are lying to themselves about their real desires. Internalised homophobia in the cephalopod world – what a disappointment.

  8. #8 Ichthyic
    May 1, 2009

    The males die after mating don’t they?

    ayup. In every species I can think of, anyway. However, there is some variability in exactly how long this takes. It’s months for some, hours or days for others.

    If you’re curious as to why…

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090115145640AAY8yR7

    some good links and discussion of semelparous mating strategies there.

  9. #9 Naked Bunny with a Whip
    May 1, 2009

    This is why girls were afraid to join the computer club back when I was a teenager, I’ll bet.

  10. #10 Romeo Vitelli
    May 1, 2009

    Octopus porn? Horrors! Won’t someone think of the children?

  11. #11 blf
    May 1, 2009

    Won’t someone think of the children?

    Pee Zed is. Cool! Neat! Look at all them arms!

    Anyways, there’s no wardrobe malfunction there. Is it possible to do p0rn without a malfunctioning or missing wardrobe? But, come to think of it, there’s no wardrobe shown at all? so yea, maybe it is p0rn.

    But where’s the bacon?

  12. #12 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 1, 2009

    Where’s the cheesy 70’s porn soundtrack to go with this?

    Bow chicki bow wooow

  13. #13 Physicalist
    May 1, 2009

    Aren’t you supposed to put a “NSFW” label on these sort of pics?

  14. #14 SEF
    May 1, 2009

    It seems unlikely that the female is an entirely willing participant in that pile-up. So I suspect it’s more of a gang-rape than an orgy.

  15. #15 Steve
    May 1, 2009

    Free cephaloporn! I love it!!

  16. #16 Eidolon
    May 1, 2009

    I can’t wait to get the frantic AFA e-mail about this latest ass-sult on American decency.

  17. #17 eddie
    May 1, 2009

    I once heard that sex is best with an odd number of participants. I thought; “Hey! I’m OK with just one, then”. Then I thought; “Sex is much better with odd participants”.

  18. #18 ouini
    May 1, 2009

    Kaurna Sutra.

  19. #19 rnb
    May 1, 2009

    “The males die after mating don’t they?

    ayup. In every species I can think of, anyway. However, there is some variability in exactly how long this takes. It’s months for some, hours or days for others.”

    I think human males die after mating also. It may take up to 80 years……..

  20. #20 Susan
    May 1, 2009

    What an appropriate photo for The First of May!

  21. #21 Postman
    May 1, 2009

    You know, I like octopus… es, and I like sex. For some reason, though, when you put them together…

  22. #22 Glen Davidson
    May 1, 2009

    This is what happens when you don’t believe in Jebus. Damn atheistic animals!

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  23. #23 Victoriajoy
    May 1, 2009

    Ahhh, yes. This takes me back to my college days.

  24. #24 Heracleum
    May 1, 2009

    Speaking of tentacles — PZ, if you are redecorating your house you might want to consider this furniture: http://tinyurl.com/cjlf5v

  25. #25 Peter B.
    May 1, 2009

    Ooohhh yes baby!!! Thats right, … no, no, a little higher please!

    eddie @ #17…

    Sex is much better with odd participants

    Could be – depends what you’re into.

    blf @ #6

    … oct?whatever the feck the plural of octupus is

    Octopodes actually – octopus is literally eight-foot. From the Greek -pus = foot, hence for any word based on this root, the plural is -podes or -podas = feet. As in podiatry (feet doctoring). Also applies to platypus/platypodes. Octopuses is acceptable in general usage though, but not technically correct. The Latin singular -us to plural -i (as in radius/radii) is definitely WRONG, and will make you appear a crass idiot if you try it in educated company.

    Hey PZ, can you please find us some hot monotreme porn too?? My mind boggles at the thought of echidnas copulating.

  26. #26 Ichthyic
    May 1, 2009

    Octopodes actually

    actually, I think you’ll also find that colloquial usage amongst zoologists has the plural the same as the singular, unless you are speaking of different species, then it becomes octopuses.

    much like it is for “fish”.

    one fish, two fish, red and blue fishes.

    so one or more octopus (same species), more than one different species – octopuses.

    depends on who you hang with, I guess: scientists or greeks.

  27. #27 gaypaganunitarianagnostic
    May 2, 2009

    No.3 you don’t need any females for an orgy. Don’t know if you need need any males – not my area of knowledge.

  28. #28 Last Hussar
    May 2, 2009

    IcyThyic- What if they are Greek Scientists?

    Don’t the French have the phase ‘le petit mort’ to describe passing out after orgasm?

  29. #29 blf
    May 2, 2009

    Don’t the French have the phase le petit mort to describe passing out after orgasm?

    Fluent Franšais speakers can, probably will, and definitely should correct me, but I’ve understand that phrase (which translates as ?the little death?) to mean the orgasm itself, but has been widened to include fainting afterwards.

  30. #30 Brian
    May 3, 2009

    This picture just cries out for a caption contest.

    “I’ll be your James Bond if you’ll give me some octopussy”

  31. #31 MadScientist
    May 3, 2009

    Group hug! A hug does look a bit awkward with all those appendages though. Hmm … that reminds me of dinner the other evening – grilled octopus.

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