So it turns out that Ms Lovatt she certainly does in heard of a locally-run experiment studying dolphins on the US Virgin Islands, and soon volunteered to become part of the team. She convinced them it would be beneficial to flood the house they were based in to turn the whole of the downstairs into a dolphinarium, the excuse being that the researchers wanted the opportunity to study the animals from home, which to me deserves a prize for pure laziness. So what was the reason for this project?
Dolphins could be having orgasms and indulging in a roll in the waves purely for enjoyment, new international research suggests. Scientists in the US have for the first time examined the dolphin clitoris in close detail and discovered it is remarkably similar to the organ in humans. Analysis of the structure of the dolphin clitoris suggests the marine mammals could experience sexual pleasure and potentially climax.
Margaret Howe Lovatt tried to teach Peter the dolphin how to speak English but their relationship progressed to a whole new level. A woman who had sex with a dolphin as part of a scientific study has spoken out for the first time. During the swinging 60s, animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt was part of a Nasa-funded experiment on the US Virgin Islands to teach the intelligent sea creatures how to speak English.
Recreating dolphin sex in a laboratory could have major conservation benefits by helping to increase the chances of artificial insemination of marine mammals to help preserve threatened species. With sexual selection one of the key driving forces of evolution, a team looked at how cetaceans — dolphins, porpoises and whales — as well as seals perform in a marine world with all the hazards its poses for conventional sex. To see how all the mechanical parts fit, researchers Dara Orbach, from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Patricia Brennan, of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, explained in detail how the experiment was conducted, using the body parts of dolphins that had died naturally. Our research can also help predict which natural copulations will lead to fertilisation.
Dolphin clitorises are incredibly similar to those of humans. In a recent studyscientist Dara Orbach, a research associate at Mount Holyoke College, and Patricia Brennan, an assistant professor of biology completed autopsies on 11 dolphins who had died of natural causes. They dissected their reproductive organs and created 3D tomography CT scans of their vaginas.
Animals do some pretty freaky stuff to keep making more of themselves, like tricking their partners into having sex or even killing them and eating them after doing it for an extra boost of baby-making energy. Look at their little faces! How do dolphins have sex, anyway?
In the past, the predominant theory was that humans were the only animals who have sex for pleasure, and that others merely copulated to reproduce. That mindset is now changing and scientists presenting their work on Saturday at the Experimental Biology meeting add an important, stimulating female perspective. This, say the Mount Holyoke College scientists, suggests that sex is pleasurable for dolphins and facilitates social bonding.
Given the popularity that dolphins enjoy, it is certainly understandable that at least some of the information available in the media, the internet and from the minds of our fellow human beings is not always scientifically sound. Here are 5 commonly heard myths concerning dolphins. Number 3 Dolphins are one of the only animals to have sex for pleasure This particular myth tends to pop up with regularity in conversation whenever the subject turns to sex. Even the writers at the ever vigilant snopes.
Dolphin is a common name of aquatic mammals within the infraorder Cetacea. The term dolphin usually refers to the extant families Delphinidae the oceanic dolphinsPlatanistidae the Indian river dolphinsIniidae the New World river dolphinsand Pontoporiidae the brackish dolphinsand the extinct Lipotidae baiji or Chinese river dolphin. There are 40 extant species named as dolphins.