Courtship and Mating Pictures

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

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Courtship may involve complicated movements, touching, vocalization, displays of beauty, or fighting prowess. The male hooded seal, for example, inflates a large proboscis pouch. Male sharks typically bite their female partners, sometimes inflicting severe wounds. Sea turtles hold onto their mate with hooks on their forelegs to help prevent other males from dislodging them. Birds perform exquisite dances and present gifts of food to females.


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Picture of northern elephant seals mating picture of giant land tortoises  mating picture of hooded seal male courtship display picture of mating blue swimmer crabs

Picture of manta rays, Manta birostris, swimming over reef in courtship behavior, West Maui, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

Picture #: 011451

Image of mating giant land tortoises, St. Helena Island, South Atlantic, species unknown, tortoises brought from elsewhere years ago

Picture #: 070749

Stock photo of a male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, inflates proboscis as part of a courtship display, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

Picture #: 074897

Photo of blue swimmer crabs, Portunus pelagicus, pair mating. The male may hold on to the smaller female in this position for several days. The female was eating a piece of fish discarded by a fisherman, Edithburgh, South Australia, Southern Ocean

Picture #: 073797

Picture of courtship of horn sharks picture of market squid mating picture of zebra leopard shark courtship picture of mating green sea turtles

Picture of pre-mating of horn sharks, Heterodontus francisci, smaller male on either side of female grasp her pectoral fin in their teeth and wrap tail around hers to copulate, Pacific

Picture #: 076894

Image of market squid, Loligo opalescens, mating, La Jolla, California, Pacific

Picture #: 078140

Stock photo of the courtship of zebra leopard sharks, Stegostoma varium or Stegostoma fasciatum, male bites female, Sipadan Island, Malaysia, Borneo, Pacific

Picture #: 078380

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

Picture #: 045209

picture of a school of mating manta rays picture of a pair of mating mimic octopus picture of sleek unicornfish courtship coloration picture of waved albatross in courtship dance

Picture of a school of mating manta rays, Manta birostris, Mi'il Channel, Yap, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean

Picture #: 060249

Image of courtship and mating among wild mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, Bali, Indonesia. Male is smaller.

Picture #: 063691

Stock photo of sleek unicornfish, blacktongue unicornfish, or Thorpe's unicornfish, Naso hexacanthus, courtship coloration or color phase, Andaman Islands, India Ocean

Picture #: 031931

Photo of waved albatross, Diomedea irrorata, in courtship dance, Hood island, Galapagos

Picture #: 069960

picture of masked boobies mating picture of nudibranchs mating picture of mating great crested grebe picture of courtship of  least terns

Picture of masked boobies, mating, Sula dactylatra, Espanola island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Picture #: 069965

Image of mating nudibranchs, Risbecia tryoni, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

Picture #: 071742

Stock photo of a pair of great crested grebe, Podiceps cristatus, mating, Germany

Picture #: 074274

Photo of a least tern male, Sterna antillarum browni, as it presents fish to female as courtship ritual - endangered. Huntington Beach State Park, California

Picture #: 079651

Picture of mating pair of crabs picture of Australian giant cuttlefish mating picture of nudibranchs group   mating picture of American wigeon ducks  mating

Picture of mating pair of crabs, Family Portunidae, Pt Hughes, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Southern Ocean

Picture #: 080028

Image of Australian giant cuttlefish mating, Sepia apama, male is on right, Whyalla, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Southern Ocean

Picture #: 080215

Stock photo of nudibranchs, group mating, Verconia verconis, Edithburg, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Picture #: 080273

Photo of pair of ocellated dragonets mating, Synchiropus ocellatus, at Lembeh Straits, Indonesia.

Picture #: 083383

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