Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sneaker male

A Bluehead Wrasse "Sneaker Male" I sculpted for my Dad's (belated) birthday. It's the fish he used to study for pretty much my whole life. Here's the story: fish don't usually touch when they copulate. The male and the female swim upwards together, the female spews out some eggs at the male, the male sprays some sperm at the female, things get fertilized and the circle of life continues. However, this allows non-dominant males to rush in when they see some mating about to happen, and shoot in a load of their own, giving them a chance to produce offspring without being the head honcho. These guys are called sneaker males. See, it's a pun. I kind of botched the paint job. Oh well.

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