Sex Lives of Octopuses

You know that you have no life when you find yourself reading about the sex lives of Octopuses, but I find myself doing this sort of thing from time to time just to get out of working on my book.  What I learned might surprise you.
 
Maggie Fox of Reuters Ltd. reported on a study by University of California, Berkley, that, “The love lives of octopuses are far more complex than anyone thought.”
 
This is odd to me because I had never spent much time thinking about the love lives of octopuses until now.   Anyway, the males actually court the females.  They flirt and hold hands, or tentacles, as the case may be; they do everything except light candles and put on romantic music.  The male is very protective of his lover.  If a new guy octopus tries to steal the affections of another male’s sweetie pie, watch out!   Males guard their females with the ferociousness of a junkyard dog.  And get this: once octopuses become sexually mature, they do it three times a day!  
 
Maggie Fox goes on to report that males deposit sperm packets into the females with specially designed arms.  This produces tens of thousands of eggs.  Fortunately, for the soon-to-be parents, their life span ends within a few short months after mating, which means they don’t actually have to raise the newborns.
 
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