Homosexual interactions are common amongst male grey whales, where as many as up to five males will take place in an orgy. Rubbing each others bellies and genitals.
Until adulthood, the majority of juvenile, male walruses will take place in same-sex interactions. Into adulthood, generally males only mate with females during mating season, and continue their same-sex courtship throughout the year. They not only rub each other, they also embrace and sleep together in the water.
Males are normally bisexual, but at different periods will engage exclusively in same-sex interactions. Males even engage in oral sex, stimulating the other male with its snout.
Killer Whale (Orca)
Homosexual interaction happens when a male leaves his family for a male-only group. Generally only two males will participate, but groups up to four and five at one time have been observed. Males engage in reciprocal oral sex, similar to Bottlenose Dolphin, where they swim in a double helix form. Most of this behavior takes place in adolescent Orcas, but all ages have been known to take part in homosexual activities. Some even returning to a favourite partner year after year.
Male Harbour Seals are known to mount each other, causing a power struggle of aerobics, while maintaining full contact in the water. This courtship ending when the erect male, grasps the other from behind and mounting for up to three minutes. Occasionally the males make take turns.
Male sea otters have been observed mounting each other in the same fashion typical to heterosexual mating. Occasionally male sea otters will even try to mate with male Harbour Seals or Northern Elephant Seals.
Dugong (West African Manatee)
Homosexual interactions between Dugongs are generally four to eight times longer than heterosexual interactions. Males are observed thrusting and hugging, and also kissing, sometimes in groups of up to four males. These orgies, can last for hours, as males come and go, reforming and arranging subgroups.
Interestingly enough, this is not an uncommon thing. Below are seven species of marine mammals known to engage in homosexual activities:
I noticed that the blog titled, Manatees: A Resurgence in The Bahamas has gotten a lot of hits, and I felt inclined to share information that has unfolded in regards to the manatee I witnessed in Spanish Wells.
After I encountered the Manatee and its calf, I learned the mother's name is Rita. She was born in the coastal waters of Florida and was identified as female manatee MI028 by the US Geological Survey. Manatees have distinct scars on their backs and fins due to their collisions with powerboats, so they are supposed to be easily identifiable. The calf I saw with Rita is apparently her seventh or eighth.
On October 11, 2011, Rita and her calf, now known as Georgie, were seen in Nassau Harbour, some 48-miles away from Spanish Wells. They were identified properly by the Marine Mammal Response Team from Atlantis. By the 15th of October, the Atlantis Team has successfully secured Rita and Georgie in an observation tank at the Resort. After contacting the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency sent over experts to help Atlantis with testing for viruses, health, as well as discussing the best option for returning the mother and calf to the wild.
The US ultimately made the decision to return Rita to Floridian waters, on the basis that she was born in the United States and therefore their property. It's an interesting concept, as a Canadian, do we claim any Canadian geese that migrate ours? No. Manatees are naturally a migratory species, and the healthy mother and calf are the only known in The Bahamas. Although, The Bahamas also protects manatee (like the US) under The Marine Mammal Protection Act, that places these animals at a high priority for their safety; the main concern of getting them out of busy Nassau Harbour.
Do we, as humans have the right to claim ownership over wild animals? Especially endangered ones. Florida is estimated to have a manatee population around 3,300, and there is a lot of boat traffic...Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, the Exumas, Abaco, Andros, or any of the Out Islands, seem in my opinion to be the safest habitats for these manatee. Perhaps they migrated to The Bahamas for the sole reason that freshwater was easily accessible without the concern of boat traffic? Who knows.
What do you think?
Mother and Calf: Spanish Wells Harbour
Despite living on the South Coast of Florida for three years, I saw my first manatee this year in The Bahamas, and had never seen or heard of their presence in the country. Manatees are a rare sight in here, and I was told, had not been seen in The Bahamas for decades. Apparently, during the occasional summer, while tropical storms and hurricanes churn the warm waters of the Caribbean, a manatee or two has been known to travel across the Gulf.
They were once known to inhabit The Bahamas, but because of their clumsy, sluggish swimming ability and perceived “low intelligence,” manatees have vanished in this region.
Manatees seek fresh water, and are attracted to warm water. Sadly, Floridian manatees often find fresh water that happens to be factory run-off, draining into the Florida Basin and Bay. It has been theorized that manatee are possibly migrating to The Bahamas, caught in currents and storms, and finding pollution-free fresh water reserves in uninhabited, or low-density population areas. Where manatees are less likely to be caught in a boat collision, which in Florida is the number one threat to the species.
Manatee Drinking Fresh Water in Key West
It was so exciting to see manatees in The Bahamas; I will never forget that night. My family had been celebrating a birthday, and just as we were coming home to go to bed, my dad calls for my mom and I to come outside. As we look over the side of the dock we saw a mother and a calf, slowly gliding through the water propelled by powerful, slow tails.
The next time I saw a manatee was in Key West. There was a hose that had been left running and this big round grey blob, covered in green moss was happily lolling about the surface, mouth open, as the hose poured down his gullet. In retrospect, I wish I had of spoken to someone about making sure freshwater hoses are always left off, because the little guy would have had a heck of a time getting out to sea amongst all the boats, jet-skis, catamarans, yachts, cruisers, etc. barricading him into the marina.
They are very special creatures, gentle and harmless. Looking in theirs eyes I saw much more intelligence twinkling than I had imagined. I hope that their numbers can come back and these peaceful creatures can find safe refuge.