Topping off an already fantastic month in which researchers reported that male bisexuality does indeed exist, new reports from the deep say the orientation is a bit more widespread. According toÂ Gawker,Â a whole species of squidÂ Octopoteuthis deletronÂ (a five-and-a-half-inch deep-sea squid that lives a solitary life up to half a mile down in the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean) is ostensibly bisexual.
GawkerÂ quotes researcher Hendrik J.T. Hoving saying, â€œMale squid, for example, pay no attention to the sex of other squid. Understandably so. They live alone in the dark, males and females are hard to tell apart, and only occasionally do squids pass in the night. Far better to risk wasting a few million sperm than to miss out on a chance to reproduce.â€
While researchers argue the sexual orientation of the squid is nothing like human behavior, the news, reported in Hovingâ€™s paper, â€œA Shot in the Dark: Same-Sex Sexual Behavior in a Deep-Sea Squid,â€ no doubt has many fans of same-sex animal couplings positively giddy.