28 December 2009

Give us a kiss for Christmas over, under and beside the mistletoe

The Times carries a curious report concerning mistletoe and one of the strangest creatures in the oceans.

The Weymouth Sea life centre in Dorset An aquarium in Dorset is hoping to be the first to breed sea dragons in Europe. Strangely it has found a way to increase their ardour – mistletoe, which tricked the sea dragons (Phycodurus eques) into a mating frenzy.


Fiona Smith, display supervisor at the centre, said: “The males have suddenly started engaging in heated courtship with the females. It seems they view the Christmas decorations as potential rivals, and they are making sure they don’t lose out.”

Well there you have it. spice up your love life with foliage!

11 comments:

James Higham said...

Sacrifice yourself to the mistletoe today. In your grove of pleasure, have no thought for the future.

jams o donnell said...

Ha that's exactly what the sea dragins seem to be doing!

CherryPie said...

I won't look on mistletoe in quite the same way again now.

jams o donnell said...

Me too Cherie!

Claudia said...

Amazing and amusing! I wonder if research will also be conducted on possible lordosis behaviour in the sea world?

jams o donnell said...

A good question Claudia. Reseaerch is necessary!

Pouty Lips said...

Not bad for a parasitic vine that sprouts from bird feces.

jams o donnell said...

Not bad for the mistletoe either!

Knatolee said...

Sea dragons are amazing creatures, and that photo is fantastic!

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Knatolee. I wish I had taken it!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

He he. Viagra for sea dragons?