Thursday, October 28, 2010

Monkey Love

My Sea Monkeys are mating. Right now? As I write this? As you read it? Yes, most likely. When Monkey romance begins, it lasts for days. The first "hug" I witnessed spanned both days of last weekend. Yesterday evening they were at it again.

I was under the impression that Sea Monkeys do not reach maturity for 6-8 weeks after hatching. My little monkeys were only two weeks old when they starting going all the way to home base. Sheesh. Way to grow up fast, guys!

Of course, it could be that they're just playing doctor rather than actually procreating. I'll keep an eye out for new babies. Only time will tell.

At this time, I have three adolescent Sea Monkeys (3/8 of an inch long) and five pee wees. The pee wees are too small to determine gender. Of the monkeys that are foolin' around, one is smaller, pale, and featureless. Two are larger and reddish in colour. Each of the larger ones has grown a pair of what appear to be poppy seeds, located between the legs and the tail. Who is male and who is female in this picture?

In the world of Sea Monkeys, ladies are bigger than gentlemen. Those poppy seeds that look like testicles are actually egg sacks. The male, who I refer to as Ghost because of his pallor and translucence, grabs the female just above the egg sacks using two feelers under his chin. Then he holds on for dear life until the ride is over.

For the duration of mating, the male rides under the female, swimming in perfect synchronization. He can't eat much unless some algae happens to float his way by chance. He can't get to the surface for extra oxygen. He's stuck following her around for as long as it takes.

On Monday morning, when the male finally unclinched from his lengthy embrace, I'd never seen a happier little monkey. He swam in ecstatic circles and zoomed around the tank at top speed. I could almost see him waving his little arms and shouting "I'm free! Free at last! FREEEEEE!"

Well, he was back in position again, as of yesterday, so wish the little guy luck, and stamina.

As for the ladies, they don't seem to care one way or another. I can't tell them apart, so I don't know if Ghost has a girlfriend or if he's playing the field. One day one of the girls was swimming around in a completely boring manner, while the other did flips, spins, and loop-de-loops. I named the boring one Outboard and the graceful one Baryshnikov. Trouble is, they swim exactly alike now, so I can't tell who's who. Oh well. Some mysteries of Sea Monkey life will be forever hidden from humans.

15 comments:

Kate said...

Um. This might be my favorite post from you yet.

darcknyt said...

Wow. This is ... this is PORN! You've posted PORN! How 'bout pics next time? ;)

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Get a hold and just hang on until the ride is done, sounds like a good plan to me!!

Sparkling Red said...

Kate: Yay! :-)

darcknyt: Click on the link in paragraph 5. I didn't take the photo, but someone did. Someone very dedicated with a macro lens.

Ron: It's like bull-riding underwater.

Juniper said...

Thanks for linking to the photo - very helpful! I still find it slightly weird that people keep shrimps as pets.. but it sounds like hours of endless entertainment ;-)

JX

DarcsFalcon said...

LOLOL In some ways, it sounds like a totally 90s type of relationship, where the guy is a total SNAG. :)

But that days long embrace? It definitely reminds me of something wonderful. :D

Lynn said...

I like that you named them. :)

Sparkling Red said...

Juniper: It's definitely weird having pet shrimps. Trust me, if a good friend hadn't set me up with a Sea Monkeys starter kit, I would never have gotten into this business on my own.

DarcsFalcon: I do believe Sea Monkey men are sensitive types. They probably feel comfortable crying in front of the ladies.

Lynn: I doubt the names will stick for long. When the pee wees grow up and there are multiple adult males and females, I'll have no way at all of telling them apart. They will simply be: "The Colony".

Jen said...

Is everyone getting action except me? Even your pets? Maybe that will change in Hawaii...

LL Cool Joe said...

Love the new layout and name!

Jen's comment cracked me up! :D

Shagging Sea Monkeys.. yep has a certain ring to it.

DarcsFalcon said...

Hey, you redecorated! Niiiiice. :)

Jenski said...

I just learned way more about sea monkeys than I ever thought was possible.

Nice new decor too!

Scarlet Ily said...

This has to be the most interesting and entertaining post I've read in a long time. You should sell these sea monkeys because I think you make us all want some...just so we can watch them mate and give them names like Baryshnikov. :)

Juniper said...

Like your new wallpaper and name :-)

I agree with Scarlet Ily, I want some sea monkeys now!

San said...

Wow, Spark, I had no idea you were such a close observer of sea monkeys. I've gleaned more from reading this post than I realize knowledge existed regarding these creatures. Great cocktail party conversation starters.