A: Copulation is the most direct possible interaction between males and females, but we know so little about it largely due to the physical challenges of studying it, especially with underwater creatures. We do this by looking at tissue samples from animals that died of natural causes. We use whole penises and whole vaginas. A: Yeah.
Dolphins’ complex clitorises are the key to understanding their sex lives
Everything you always wanted to know about dolphin sex—but were afraid to ask | Science | AAAS
Scientists believe female dolphins may have sex for pleasure and achieve orgasm thanks to their large and well-developed clitorises. To find out more about the sexual behaviour of these creatures, researchers collected clitorises from 11 adult, subadult and calve dolphins who were found on beaches after dying of natural causes. The specimens were then examined using techniques including scans and dissections. Dara Orbach, research associate at Mount Holyoke College, told Newsweek : "Dolphins have sex year-round, not only for reproduction but also to solidify social bonds and for social learning. We wondered whether dolphins also experience pleasure. We address this question by looking at how the clitoris is built and how it compares with other animals known to experience orgasm. There were many similarities between the human and dolphin clitoris, according to the authors of the study.
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All rights reserved. An image reconstructed from CT scans showing how the penis of the common bottlenose dolphin red fits within the intricate folds and turns of a bottlenose dolphin vagina. Thanks to a pressurized penis inflator and genitals flown in from across the U.