Researchers Discover Sea Slugs That Stab Each Other in the Head After Copulation (W/ Video)
(phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from Australia and one from Germany has discovered a new kind of sea slug that lives on the Great Barrier Reef—a kind that also stab each other in the head after copulating. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they found the new slug and its unique mating style.
But wait, it gets better…
They noted that the slugs, like many other species, are hermaphrodites (they have both male and female sex organs). They also noted that each of the slugs had a penis that was as long as its body (approximately 2-3 millimeters)—which was also forked. One branch ended with a knob shaped penile bulb ringed by spines. It was used for entering its partner’s female genitalia. The other branch had a sharp spine at its tip that was used for piercing the skin covering its partner’s forehead shortly after copulation.
So we have hermaphroditic slugs with ginormus two headed penises that engage in a two-way - two-way while squirting prostate juice into each others heads. WAIT!!!??? WHAT??? That can’t be correct. Let me check that again.
both reached with their other penis branch and jabbed the other in the forehead, above and between the eyes—once piercing was complete, prostate fluid was injected though the same penile tip into the head of the other slug.
It’s only out of a selfless sense of service that I even post the accompanying video..
For all those of you who maintain that “There is no bad sex…” this may just be enough to change your mind (I think?)
Who has to go have a cigarette or a shower or something now.