Let’s Talk About Courtship

We’ve all had the birds and the bees talk right?


Well I won’t be the one to introduce that to your world today (at least where humans are concerned). Instead I want to talk about fish; one particular fish in particular, the Japanese puffer fish.

As I was browsing (stalking) on Twitter the other day, I came across a really cool video! It showed how this pufferfish attracts a mate. Now I’ve seen some real creative ways of fish attracting other fish. One such video was the genius of some male cuttlefish. If you ever wondered if aliens existed, just look at the cuttlefish.

Anyway, in the video, there was a swarm of big male cuttlefish surrounding the female trying to mate with their colors and stripe patterns. There was one male though that was smaller the rest and whenever he tried to cut in close to the female, the males would literally yank him away. This little male ended up being so clever! He curled in his tentacles, like females do when they’re in mate mode, then changed his colors to look like a female! Fooled the hoard of males and got right up close to deposit his offspring into that female!

The Japanese pufferfish though??? I mean I have never seen anything so amazing. I feel like he probably attracted a whole school of pufferfish after this! Check out the video below and let me know what you think in the comments!


21 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Courtship

    1. Right?!?! 24 hours a day for a week straight? I’d be so exhausted. Hopefully the females fall into his lap literally, hahahaha


  1. Wow, how clever is that! Clearly, confirming that the race is not always about who’s faster but rather who could endure to the end. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.


    1. Haha I have an aquarium but any fish I put in it get eaten. My turtle is Jaws on steroids hahahaha. I used to work in a pet store with 100’s of thousands of gallons of fish though and I’ve always been fascinated!


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