Creatures of the sea know just the way to woo a lady
SEALIFE IN BRAY OFFERING A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO MATTERS OF THE HEART
WHILE MANY of us were going to elaborate lengths to demonstate our love with extravagant gifts on Valentine’s Day, you needn’t have looked any further than Sealife in Bray for some real inspiration.
With approximately one billion Valentines being sent each year worldwide, the human race just doesn’t seem to cut it compared to nature’s efforts in wooing loved ones. I took a trip down to Sealife bray to see what a true romantic gets up to.
The first of the Romeos I heard about was the male shark, who engages in a bit of love-biting to ensure he is in with a chance with his female.
Not too far off from our efforts, but the next smooth operator I came across really took the cake.
The slender seahorse, along with all his other hard working counterparts, really does go that extra mile for his missus.
Once two seahorses like the look of each other, the ‘ pre-dawn dance’ begins.
Their courting lasts several days and during this time they will swim side by side and wrap their tails around each other. It is only after this that they begin their ‘ true courtship dance’ which lasts around eight hours. And this isn’t even the best part!
The one with the burden of pregnancy after all this loving is strangely handed over to the male! Now that’s true love! And the humble crab really puts us to shame.
‘A king crab or a blue crab, for example, will gently cradle his mate beneath him and carry her round for maybe three days before they get it together,’ said Sealife marine expert Marcus Williams.
He is then rewarded with an eight-hour coupling for all his efforts. He may be a bit of a hardcase, but the male crab is no love ‘em and leave ‘em scoundrel!
A slippery little devil that gives off a tough persona is the moray eel. A fright to look at in his underwater layer in the centre, he is snake like and packed full of unwelcoming teeth, the last thing you would think is that this is a bit of a shy guy. ‘They are quite bashful, and their courtship is not often witnessed,’ helpful Marcus chipped in, ‘ but those who have seen it describe a very moving scene in which they weave from side to side facing each other with mouths wide open before coiling their bodies together in a loving embrace.’ I managed to bite my tongue before ‘ that’s a moray!’ came out!
As I munch on my chocolates ( if I’m even lucky enough to get any that is) I know my mind will wonder back to Sealife because those devoted bachelors really know how to woo a girl.
The seahorses, crab and moray eel, all well educated in matters of the heart.