Two common toads (Bufo bufo) in amplexus, a form of pseudocopulation found in amphibians and limulids. A male common toad grasps a female with his front legs as part of the mating process. Common toads stay in amplexus for several days. As the female lays a long, double string of small black eggs, the male fertilises them with his sperm; the gelatinous egg strings, which may contain 3000 to 6000 eggs and be 3 to 4.5 m (10 to 15 ft) in length, are later tangled in plant stalks.
(photo: Bernie Kohl) (via; Wikipedia)
Why Female Loggerhead Sea Turtles Always Return to Their Place of Birth
Marine turtles are among the most endangered species of the world ocean. For a better protection of these fascinating animals, scientists try to understand why turtles return to their birthplace in order to reproduce after rather long distance migrations. Using molecular tools applied to turtles from the Cape Verde islands, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) found that males and females adopt different strategies: while females are very faithful to their island of birth, males appear less selective and mate at multiple locations.
Furthermore, the study published now in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences demonstrates that females from different islands have different immune genes, suggesting that returning home to reproduce is linked to advantages in parasite resistance. This is the first evidence ever to explain why many migratory animals show this type of behavior.
Starfish feeding on a dead whale.
i’ve never been scared of starfish until this moment
look at that creepy, tall, dancing one
look at him
‘yes, my darlingssssss’
‘feed to your hearts content’
‘feast on what is rightfully ours’
‘feast, thrive— soon, we will conquer all‘
THIS IS TERRIFYING