Barnacle mating (x-rated!)

Warning: the following post may contain material not appropriate for children and some adults.

Barnacles have sex. And as marine biologists are fond of saying, male barnacles have the largest “boy part” relative to body size in the animal kingdom. Male marine biologists frequently attempt to increase their own genetic fitness by sharing this information with females of the species, ie, as a pick up line. (it is unclear if it ever works).

The x-rated video comes from Casey Dunn’s awesome creaturecast.org and was filmed by Stefan Siebert. Read more about it here.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/7461478[/vimeo]

One Response to “Barnacle mating (x-rated!)”

  1. John Wares says:

    at SICB 2012 I fully intend to have made some T-shirts for the barnacle genetics symposium that say “Barnacles have great outreach potential.” Should I illustrate the shirt?

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