Courtship and Mating Pictures

 
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Courtship and Mating Pictures of Marine Wildlife, Birds, Frogs, and Reptiles

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Mating is the pairing of opposite sex animals, either for copulation, or for external fertilization of eggs by sperm. Often, very complicated and beautiful courtship displays precede the mating. In many species the female will be larger than the male, and males compete for the right to mate. Some species, such as nudibranchs, are hermaphrodites with both male and female sex organs.

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Picture of northern elephant seals mating picture of mandarin fish mating picture of mating olive ridley sea turtles picture of mating Atlantic spotted dolphins

Picture of Northern elephant seals, Mirounga angustirostris, mating. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.

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Image of mating Mandarin fish, Synchiropus spendidus, Bunaken, Indonesia

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Stock photo of olive ridley sea turtles, Lepidochelys olivacea, mating, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of Atlantic spotted dolphins, Stenella frontalis, mating, male underneath, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of courtship of southern stingray picture of spinner dolphins mating picture of mating display of pipefish picture of mating Adelie penguins

Picture of courtship of southern stingray, Dasyatis americana, smaller male chases larger female, at night, Bahamas, West Atlantic

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Image of spinner dolphins, Stenella longirostris, mating, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of pair of pipefish, Corythoichthys haematopterus, embracing in a mating display, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean.

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Photo of Adelie penguins, Pygoscelis adeliae, mock mating out of mating season on the beach on Paulet Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Adelie penguins are truly an ice dependant penguin species.

Picture #: 057068

picture of loggerhead sea turtles mating picture of a pair of mating squat shrimp picture of humpback whales courtship picture of toads mating

Picture of a pair of mating loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, in Palm Beach, Florida. Approximately half of the world's population of 20,000 loggerheads call Florida home.

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Image of a pair of mating squat shrimp, Thor amboinensis. Also known as squat anemone shrimp, sexy shrimp, or dancing shrimp. Anilao, Philippines. Pacific

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Stock photo of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, courtship behavior. Female whale blows bubbles toward male as it approaches, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of mating toads, Bufo bufo, Germany, Bavaria

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picture of wandering albatross courtship picture of nurse sharks mating picture of mating nudibranchs picture of mating white terns

Picture of wandering albatross, Diomedea exulans, exhibiting courtship behavior on Prion Island, Bay of Isles, Southern Atlantic Ocean. The wandering albatross is the largest bird in the world with a wingspan of over 11 feet. There are roughly 60 pairs of wandering albatross that nest on Prion Island, half that number in any given year. Prion Island is one of the few remaining rat-free islands in South Georgia.

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Image of nurse sharks mating, Ginglymostoma cirratum, Florida, Atlantic

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Stock photo of A pair of nudibranchs, Nembrotha lineolata, getting into the mating or copulating position. All nudibranchs are simultaneous hermaphrodites. They have fully functional male and female organs producing both egg and sperm. When nudibranchs copulate they must position themselves side by side to align their external genitalia. One faces one direction while the partner faces the opposite direction. Nelson Bay, east coast Australia. Pacific Ocean.

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Photo of white terns, Gygis alba, pair copulating or mating in ironwood tree on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, Northwest Hawaiian Islands

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Picture of mating pair of green sea turtles picture of two spot clingfish spawning picture of saltwater crocodiles  mating picture of spinner dolphins mating

Picture of mating pair of green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, with additional interloper males attempting to dislodge the primary male. Sipadan Island, Malaysia.

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Image of two spot clingfish, Diplecogaster bimaculatus, spawning, Øygarden, Hordaland, Norway, North Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, mating, the male climbs on top of female

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Photo of pair of American Wigeon ducks, Anas americana, mating, Back Bay Reserve, California

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