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How to flirt like an octopus

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Berkeley researchers claim that octopodes flirt, hold hands and strangle rivals. The usually bashful males signal their manliness during courtship by displaying striped body patterns, while smaller males will sometimes go tranny — swimming girlishly near the bottom and keeping their male brown stripes hidden — in order to win unsuspecting female conquests. You can’t blame them for the stealth tactics since some jealous male octopodes use their tentacles to strangle romantic rivals. Possessive, maybe, but octopodes also hold hands before the male octopus slips his long, flexible, hectocotylus arm into his girlfriend’s mantle cavity. I also found this fascinating ode to human-octopus love (not the literal kind, you dirty perverts) well worth a read.