02 May 2008

Worth a trip to the library

de Bruyn PJN, Tosh CA, Bester MN. 2008. Sexual harassment of a king penguin by an Antarctic fur seal. Journal of Ethology 26(2): 295-297. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10164-007-0073-9

"We report a case of interspecific sexual harassment bridging the rank of vertebrate class."

A seal. A penguin.

You can't make this stuff up.

You could, however, make endless jokes about it. But I won't, since this could devolve oh so quickly.

Unfortunately, our library doesn't have a subscription, so I can't comment in more detail. More commentary, however, can be found in the Zooillogix blog, which had this one first.

2 comments:

A simple question... said...

That is really really REALLY messed up.
Are there any other cases of this reported in vertebrates/inverts ?

Zen said...

Well, since you asked...

Moeliker CW. 2001. The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae). Deinsea 8: 243-247.

Available online here.

This was the winner of an Ig Nobel prize in 2003.