And now, a dolphin with an octopus stuck to its naughty bits

Illustration for article titled And now, a dolphin with an octopus stuck to its naughty bits

Dolphins are known to engage in interspecies play, but here's an example of some accidental interspecies foreplay. While observing bottlenoses last week off of the Greek island of Kalamos, biologist Joan Gonzalvo of the Ionian Dolphin Project photographed this, ahem, unique shot of a dolphin receiving the tender touch of cephalopod. Explains Gonzalvo of this unintentional chimera:

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Illustration for article titled And now, a dolphin with an octopus stuck to its naughty bits

One of the individuals of the group surprised us leaping out of the water with an unexpected guest attached to its belly (right on top of its genital slit!) [...] After this high leap, presumably executed to get rid of this intrusive octopus, the dolphin continued to swim with the other three members of its group without manifesting any signs of distress [...]

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You can see more photos here. For a tangentially related tale of Flipperotica, see the sultry human-on-cetacean action of Wet Goddess.

[The Ionian Dolphin Project via New Scientist]

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I have to say if I am going to have any organism stuck to my genital region, an octopus WOULD be the coolest... Provided there was no pain, danger of harm, smell, and the octopus was fine.

If I worship the Old Ones and sacrifice my allotment of unbelievers, do you think that one day I could have tentacled genitals with which to destroy people's sanity with? A girl can dream.