Cuttlefish X mating with Squid?

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  1. Stefan

    Stefan Larval Mass Registered

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    Definitely looks like a rejected mating attempt but I don't know if the cuttle even knows that is what the squid is trying to do since cuttles mate in and entirely different position. Cuttlefish mate beak to beak but now I am curious about what would happen if it tried mating with an octopus. My guess is the squid would get eaten.
     
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    I've never heard of this happening before, but it doesn't surprise me though. It was fascinating to watch the squid try and mate though. And I agree, D. I definitely think that if a squid tried it on with an octopus, it would end up as dinner! haha. I guess cuttlefish are much more tolerant.
     
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    There is a little longer version of the video that suggests this is mating season at Point Lowly during the Sepia apama mating season. I suspect the nonchalant response from the cuttle has to do with the time of its life (not eating) or the squid would have become dinner.

     

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