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fedman 01-17-2020 09:00 AM

dolphins rape
 
but how do dolphins identify females vs males?

Jasmine 01-17-2020 11:34 AM

Without a link, this is just a disembodied post. What are you referring to?

Little Nemo 01-17-2020 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasmine (Post 22085890)
Without a link, this is just a disembodied post. What are you referring to?

I believe the OP is referring to the fact that dolphins do not have external genitalia. A male dolphin's penis is normally concealed inside their body and it only comes out when they're about to have sex. So somebody seeing a dolphin would not be able to easily tell the difference between a male and a female.

But I'm assuming other dolphins can spot the subtler differences.

74westy 01-17-2020 02:16 PM

Lack of facial hair.

Max S. 01-17-2020 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasmine (Post 22085890)
Without a link, this is just a disembodied post. What are you referring to?

Possibly a response to "Has a human ever been raped by a dolphin" by the master.

~Max

Yllaria 01-17-2020 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Nemo (Post 22085982)
. . . But I'm assuming other dolphins can spot the subtler differences.

Sonar might help.

Kamino Neko 01-17-2020 10:52 PM

This is presumably the article this is in reference to.

I suspect the OP might be asking how dolphins tell human sexes apart.

I suspect they don't, at least not well, but pushy behaviour by male dolphins toward a female or AFAB handler is more likely to be noted (rightly or wrongly) as sexual than toward a male handler.

Little Nemo 01-18-2020 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kamino Neko (Post 22086893)
I suspect the OP might be asking how dolphins tell human sexes apart.

That does look like the case based on the context of the column you and Max S. have linked to. In my defense, I didn't have a lot to work with when I made my previous speculation and I assumed the OP was asking about dolphin-on-dolphin rape.

panache45 01-20-2020 06:15 AM

Why are you assuming a dolphin would only rape a female?

Jasmine 01-21-2020 07:03 AM

Next, on Oprah! :D

Everything you always wanted to know about dolphin sexóbut were afraid to ask.

Quote:

Whales and dolphins have surprisingly interesting sex lives, replete with various positions, elaborate vaginas, and a rare type of penis thatís always mostly erect.

Kamino Neko 01-21-2020 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by panache45 (Post 22090148)
Why are you assuming a dolphin would only rape a female?

The article in question mentions that most reports of male dolphins being sexually aggressive toward humans involve women.

I still say that's likely a matter of assumptions on the part of the reporters - if a dolphin gets pushy with a man, people will just assume he's being aggressive in general unless Li'l Flipper is out, if he does with a woman, they'll assume he has carnal intent regardless.

Max S. 01-21-2020 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kamino Neko (Post 22093225)
[,,,]if a dolphin gets pushy with a man, people will just assume he's being aggressive in general unless Li'l Flipper is out[,,,]

As cited in the post directly preceding yours, "[...]dolphins have [...] a rare type of penis that's always mostly erect."

~Max

Kamino Neko 01-21-2020 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max S. (Post 22093261)
As cited in the post directly preceding yours, "[...]dolphins have [...] a rare type of penis that's always mostly erect."

Erect, it might be, but it is also hidden inside when not in use.

See pictures here (safe for work, as long as you don't actually play the video at bottom).

Max S. 01-21-2020 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kamino Neko (Post 22093294)
Erect, it might be, but it is also hidden inside when not in use.

See pictures here (safe for work, as long as you don't actually play the video at bottom).

Oh, ok.

~Max

Iggy 01-21-2020 11:09 PM

In 2012-2013 the scuba diving community in the Cayman Islands had several reports of rather aggressive mounting behaviour of a lone male dolphin nicknamed Stinky.

YouTube video of an incident show Stinky's winky. For good measure I'm adhering to the two click rule:

ftg 01-22-2020 03:03 PM

Like people, some animals are just jerks.

Sailboat 01-27-2020 12:24 PM

Like everything else, there's a subreddit for that.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AnimalsBeingJerks/

Darren Garrison 01-28-2020 10:39 AM

There is also a King of the Hill for that.


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