Quirks & Quarks

Sex in the Sea

Dr. Marah Hardt's new book chronicles marine mating, and its relationship to the health of the oceans in changing conditions.

A new book explores the exotic and divers reproductive behaviours of sea life

(National Aquarium)
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As we know, mating is just as critical for sustaining life beneath the waves as it is on land. But you may not have imagined that sex in the oceans of the world could be so bizarre and inventive.
In her new book, Sex in The Sea - Our Intimate Connection With Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of The Deep, science writer and marine ecologist Dr. Marah Hardt, Research Co-Director for the the conservation group, Future of Fish, chronicles how the many different marine mating strategies have evolved.

But she also points out that overfishing, pollution, and rising temperatures may be killing the mood and disrupting all that creative sex, essential for the abundance of life in the ocean.

Related Links

- Sex In The Sea
- Future of Fish
National Geographicinterview with Dr. Hardt
New York Postfeature on Sex in the Sea