How do whales have sex

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Despite the whale's size, scientists have trouble locating and studying the cetacean in the vastness of the ocean, leaving many questions about the mammal's life history, particularly its mating and courtship behaviors. Blue whales Balaenoptera musculus are found worldwide, with different regional populations forming distinct subspecies. Scientists believe they reach sexual maturity between 5 and 15 years of age, and have a gestation period that lasts 10 to 12 months. Mating and birthing take place during the winter, though the animals don't appear to have a set breeding ground, said Richard Sears, a cetacean researcher with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study. Unlike other baleen whales, or those whales that use so-called baleen plates to filter tiny bits of food from seawater, blue whales typically travel alone. But in late July and early August, they begin to form pairs, where a male will follow a female around for weeks on end.

Everything you always wanted to know about dolphin sex—but were afraid to ask

Blue Whale Reproduction

All rights reserved. Recently marine biologist Dara Orbach presented some of the first research ever done on how dolphin genitalia fit together, making Weird Animal Question of the Week curious about how big animals manage the physics of mating underwater. The dolphin penis is fibro-elastic, meaning the erectile tissue is full of collagen and elastin and can emerge quickly. Whales have similarly speedy mating and dextrous penises, says Marah Hardt , author of Sex in the Sea.

Two huge whales HAVING SEX filmed off the coast of Argentina

A: Copulation is the most direct possible interaction between males and females, but we know so little about it largely due to the physical challenges of studying it, especially with underwater creatures. We do this by looking at tissue samples from animals that died of natural causes. We use whole penises and whole vaginas. A: Yeah. We found a way to inflate them so they would be the most close mimic of what a real intromission would look like.
The footage has forced marine biologists to question theory that the mammals only mate once every four years. The two whales were caught in the act by a team of marine biologists studying their behaviour off the south Argentine coast near the province of Chubut. And the double-blubber act which was caught on video has caused them to revise their research because up until now they believed whales only copulated every four years.