18 Jul '12, 5pm

Tiny squid may be killing themselves by having too much sex

Tiny squid may be killing themselves by having too much sex

Photo courtesy of LiveScience. Sure, marathon three-hour sex sessions may SOUND like a good idea, but if you’re a 2.8-inch long cephalopod, the nonstop boning may tire you out so much that you can’t feed or protect yourself, says a new study about the sex life of the southern dumpling squid. “Dumpling squid live fast and die young, mating with multiple partners during their yearlong lives,” LiveScience reports . They can get it on for up to three hours at a time, leaving participants so exhausted they can barely find food, escape baddies, or go at it again. Franklin and her colleagues put a group of squid through an endurance test. One day, they had the squid swim against the current, measuring the time they could keep on pushing through. The next day, they put males and females together. Like Olympic athletes , the squid immediately looked around and figured out who to ho...

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