Octopuses are thoroughly antisocial. Yet for some reason they have evolved to mate in the most intimate way possible. Male octopuses have a big problem: female octopuses. Each male wants to mate and pass on his genes to a new generation. The trouble is, the female is often larger and hungrier than he is, so there is a constant risk that, instead of mating, the female will strangle him and eat him.
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By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline. Humans may have their quirks and kinks, but sex in the animal kingdom can be truly strange and excruciatingly painful. Scroll down for video. The Argonaut octopus' pictured mating ritual has been voted the strangest. The eight-armed marine creature has a long, detachable penis in order to mate with females that are five times bigger than itself.
It is included in Kinoe no Komatsu English: Young Pines , a three-volume book of shunga erotica first published in , and has become Hokusai's most famous shunga design. Playing with themes popular in Japanese art, it depicts a young ama diver entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses. The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is the most famous image in Kinoe no Komatsu , published in three volumes from The book is a work of shunga erotic art within the ukiyo-e genre. The larger of the two mollusks performs cunnilingus on her, while the smaller one, his offspring, assists by fondling the woman's mouth and left nipple. In the text above the image the woman and the creatures express their mutual sexual pleasure from the encounter. All designs in the publication are untitled; this design is generally known in Japanese as Tako to ama , translated variously into English.
Adrian Fryer, aged 55, admitted possessing the image as well as hundreds of indecent images of children. Fryer, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, was arrested after a community nurse saw the images on his computer, the Daily Record reports. At Hamilton Sheriff Court , fiscal depute Paula Russell gave a run down of what was found on the laptop. There were also hundreds of indecent images of children found, including one in the worst level five category, six at level four, 11 at level three, three at level two and at level one. Fryer admitted possessing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children at his home between August 10, , and July 26,