Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep

Sex in the Sea Our Intimate Connection with Sex Changing Fish Romantic Lobsters Kinky Squid and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep Forget the Kama Sutra When it comes to inventive sex acts just look to the sea There we find the elaborate mating rituals of ard lobsters giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome whilst hold

  • Title: Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep
  • Author: Marah J. Hardt
  • ISBN: 9781466879225
  • Page: 159
  • Format: ebook
  • Forget the Kama Sutra When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea There we find the elaborate mating rituals of ard lobsters giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome whilst holding their breath full moon sex parties of groupers and daily mating blitzes by blueheaded wrasse Deep sea squid perform inverted 69s, while hermaphrodite sea slugs liForget the Kama Sutra When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea There we find the elaborate mating rituals of ard lobsters giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome whilst holding their breath full moon sex parties of groupers and daily mating blitzes by blueheaded wrasse Deep sea squid perform inverted 69s, while hermaphrodite sea slugs link up in giant sex loops From doubly endowed sharks to the maze like vaginas of some whales, Sex in the Sea is a journey unlike any other to explore the staggering ways life begets life beneath the waves.Beyond a deliciously voyeuristic excursion, Sex in the Sea uniquely connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans Through overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution we are disrupting the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of life in the ocean With wit and scientific rigor, Hardt introduces us to the researchers and innovators who study the wet and wild sex lives of ocean life and offer solutions that promote rather than prevent, successful sex in the sea Part science, part erotica, Sex in the Sea discusses how we can shift from a prophylactic to a propagative force for life in the ocean.

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    1. I had just spent the past two hours watching corals spawn. But that event looked so unlike sex that I never expected the aftermath to smell like it.Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep is a very entertaining and interesting book. The title describes the book perfectly as we get a look at the matting rituals for marine life.We get to learn some interesting facts, such as: adult male sperm whales ma [...]

    2. What an entertaining, educational, and forward thinking work!Marah J. Hardt reveals the curious mysteries of marine sex life in fascinating ways. Each chapter begins with a short fictional tale of the enigmatic sex life of a particular marine animal written like a romance novel. These are amusing and are a fantastic way to start each section.I was captivated to the pages as she unfolded the intriguing details that marine life goes through seeking a mate, courtship, intercourse, and post-sex. Mar [...]

    3. Humorous, but not silly.Sassy introduction that lays out the issue of terrestrials' dependence on the sea for not only protein, but water filtering and erosion blocking. Loss in fertility of the seas impacts humans. The tongue in cheek tone and the analogies are meant to be accessible to laypersons through humor and sex, and the message comes through without seeming didactic.--Spawning coral during a full moon. Only happens once a year since it takes enormous reserves of energy to produce the eg [...]

    4. "Nothing encourages unleashing a torrent of semen like having to fire at the same time as another male.""425 million years old. That’s the age of the oldest known fossil penis—a Johnson that left quite an impression."♫ Lets talk about sex baby, let's talk about wild gametes. Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things in the sea. ♫ This book was entertaining, funny, educational, and compassionate. It was also frenetic, lol! Imagine your favorite professor on expresso gleefull [...]

    5. Don't let the conversational tone of this information-packed book fool you There's a ton a learn from Marah Hardt and from all those different species getting it on under the sea. Not only does she shine a light into those dark depths and show how fluid sexuality and gender really are, she describes how human pollution affects the ability to reproduce and how declining numbers affect human food-supply. She also shows how climate-positive and species-specific protections have made a difference in [...]

    6. The topic was fascinating, the writing was lackluster. I probably would have enjoyed this book more if the writing style was more akin to Mary Roach, who treats even the most salacious topics with wit and her brand of dry humor that I find so appealing.

    7. Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt 278 pages★★★★Before reading this book, if you had asked me something that bored me, it would be fish. But I saw a fellow book nerd read this book and I was intrigued. I won’t lie…that word “sex” in the title helped. And oh am I glad I read this one. Yes, it deals with intercourse between sea animals but it deals with so much more as [...]

    8. Despite the title this is really a book about conserving the life in our oceans. The author presents example after example of how various forms of sea life reproduces--yet there is an underlying message of how humans get in the way of this reproduction and have caused the crash of many species. Not all is doom and gloom, the author gives examples of where with simple changes we have brought species back and can catch them in a responsible manner.Warning--this book is not as easy a read as I woul [...]

    9. While this was full of interesting information, very little of it was actually practical - I came away knowing much more about what has been done to protect ocean wildlife, but very little on what I could do to help. I do appreciate that I now know what to look for when purchasing fish. But that oversight in itself isn't why I rated this two stars; what dragged it down for me was the unending stream of juvenile jokes and anthropomorphization - quite simply, a fish is not a human, and drawing ass [...]

    10. I'm a huge fan of the genre that can be loosely described as "popular books about weird science"; it includes authors like Mary Roach and books like Parasite Rex or Sex on Six Legs. So obviously when I saw this book offered on NetGalley, I had to read it immediately.I'm not sure how to summarize it, because really, the subtitle says everything you need to know. If you want to read about how much lobsters pee on each other during sex (answer: lots) or the octopus that can detach its penis and thr [...]

    11. I assigned this book to my upper level class in marine biology and I couldn't be happier about it. This book is incredibly engaging, and it was fun to hear the students remark about how much enthusiasm they had for reading it. Dr. Hardt really has a way with words, and some of her opening lines were so engaging (and hilarious) that I couldn't help but find myself searing for extra time throughout the day to read the book.The book is factual, engaging and fun to read. It has a thoroughly listed b [...]

    12. I'm always urging the world to surprise me. This book did not disappoint, but rather left me in a constant state of wonder. Why has no one ever related this information to me before? It could do just as well on the Sci-fi shelf. It's nearly a comprehensive guide to the oceanic world of sex, but not draggingly so. The author has a humorous side. No stone is left unturned--fish, barnacles, coral--you name it. I utilized youtube to watch her descriptions in action. The videos demonstrated her well- [...]

    13. I don't come from Marine Biology background. But this book is really interesting. I learn a lot from this book. For example, Male seahorses are the pregnant ones. Wow. Mpreg in real life. And I keep checking google for the visuality.I did feel confused at the beginning. But it doesn't take long before I could understand. I do recommend this book strongly for someone who love science.*Copy was kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review*

    14. I loved this book! The author use humor - and some pop culture - to tell us about the reproduction of creatures, big and small, that live in the sea. It was amazingly fascinating! She talked about how climate change and humans are impacting their abilities. But in an unusual twist, the last section was about hope and what you can do. The narrator was engaging and easy to understand. Listened at 2x.

    15. An informative and in parts fascinating well written book. 3 stars due the fact it becomes repetetive in parts and didn't manage to keep my full attention all the way through.

    16. Really great science writing which was a pleasure to read. It was also very funny, with anthropomorphized short stories starting off every chapter and lots and lots of puns.

    17. There's a LOOOOT of weird cissexism in this book, which is par for the course when discussing sexual dimorphism but the author also tries to make "funny" scenarios where humans act as fish do and seemingly isn't capable of doing that without being a huge cissexist. At one point she literally says "like us, the have only two genders" which, goddamn woman, this came out in 2016? No excuse for that. There's also a lot of bad news in this book and not a ton of actionable advice, and specifically NO [...]

    18. I'm going to geek out over marine biology anyway, but Dr. Hardt certainly makes an effort to make the topic accessible and engaging, and to discuss human impacts clearly without losing the flow. Very enjoyable and educational, and surprisingly hopeful.

    19. 4.5 starsIt's interesting - the author isn't listed as Dr. Hardt, and I wonder if that was to make it less intimidating. Because the structure is absolutely everyone-friendly. This isn't some dry academic volume, it's a funny take - with cartoons and setlists! - on serious ecological issues, and real biology. I called 'Venomous' biology porn, but that applies in a much more literal sense here.This is a good one to give to people who dismiss certain types of research as frivolous.

    20. Getting Together:What a marvelous book! Biology, ecology and environmental stress all rolled into one well written report. "Sex in the Sea" by Dr. Marah J. Hardt is an in depth review of reproduction in our oceans the world over. In many ways this book reminds me of Rachel Carson's "Sea Trilogy" and "Silent Spring" from the 1950s and '60s, covering some of the same environmental issues but with some new observations and conclusions on the behavioral aspects of ocean life. From the tiniest copepo [...]

    21. Sex in the Sea opens the proverbial door on the sex lives of marine creatures from sex-changing slipper snails to male-birthing seahorses to lovenest-building puffer fish to super-penised barnacles to rainbow-hued hermaphroditic sea slugs to sex-for-fun dolphins—plus many more. While the reproductive details and diversity between species is often fascinating, I was put off by the way in which the book was written. All species were compared with humans, and dubbed kinky or perverted when their [...]

    22. Fun fact about me: when I started my science journey, I planned to be a reproductive behavior ecologist. I find it endless fascinating to study how marine animals mate. I did some research in that realm in my early career but I have parlayed into food web dynamics and policy.So, when I saw this book I knew that it was for me. Hardt slips between the sheets of marine life to report back on finding and attracting mates, hermaphrodites, sex change, penises, vaginas, orgies, and synchronized release [...]

    23. I'm editing my review because I think I was a bit too harsh. I learned a lot in this book and some of it was incredibly interesting like how coral spawn or how the heck Do animals find each other in the vast ocean?? (The bit about very small Copepod was great!). Equally fascinating was the chapter on how some fish change sex to suit their evolutionary purpose and how some start male and others start female. The author also has some wit about her. Plus she gives excellent, practical ideas for hel [...]

    24. This could have been a 4 star book without the cutesy nonsense and pop science tactics what with the "sexy soundtracks" and inappropriate juxtaposition of animal behavior and human behavior. I also basically just zoned out whenever she started talking about preservation or conservation or whatever - it's not like it's a reasonable dialog, it's taken as axiomatic that one must preserve everything as it is right now and oh hey can I get some funding to study fish sex because it's critical for such [...]

    25. Despite the occasional 'too clever by half' passages, this book was a delight and an education. I had no idea there was such reproductive complexity at work in other species and, apparently, possibly at its greatest diversity in the oceans. I also had no notion that we, the smart and dangerous ape, are disrupting the lives of ocean-dwellers to the extent that we are. We need to stop mucking about in those great big ponds before the effect of some of our actions are irreversible. This book is so [...]

    26. This book was ok (which I'll remind y'all, is what 2 stars means didn't like it enough to give it a 3. MAYYYYBE 2.5). The information was solid, and pop culture + human analogies are a great way to personify how various aquatic denizens do the deed. However, it just didn't capture my attention- normally I read quickly, but this took me months and I read other books while trying this one. Maybe it tried just a little TOO hard to be like a gabby gal pal? The pop culture references will also date t [...]

    27. I'm not entirely sure why I wasn't more entertained by this book. It had all the elements I like and want, but somehow fell short. It was still a good read, well written with pockets of humor and entertainment. The author herself was funny and witty, a combination you don't always get in science writing. It was wild to dive into some of the intricacies of the sex lives of marine animals. I would've liked some drawings or photos to accompany the text. I ended up googling a lot of what she was tal [...]

    28. After reading so many books about animal behavior that focused on the outdated ideology of evolutionary psych (e.g. good genes, sexy sons, and the like), it was extremely refreshing to read this author. She provided lots of animal behavior studies, general information about sea life, and tons of interesting information about animal sex in the sea. Interestingly, she related all of that to sustainability, climate change, and other current important issues. I am not sure I would have picked up a b [...]

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