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(Science Daily)   Sea snails change sex to improve their chances of survival, because in times of crisis, she sea snails be he sea snails   (sciencedaily.com) divider line 39
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2013-11-13 12:38:02 PM  
By the seashore?
 
2013-11-13 12:46:14 PM  
And I just had a bit of an aneurism.
 
2013-11-13 01:01:34 PM  
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-13 02:18:36 PM  
Is there a speech language pathologist in the house? I think I sprained my tongue.
 
2013-11-13 02:26:27 PM  
What if the crisis is a lack of she sea snails? Can they buy some by the sea shore?
 
2013-11-13 02:28:16 PM  
They better get their shiat together soon, before the scientists start killing them in the name of science.

/they're the cause of global warming
//damn them
///thanks Obama
 
2013-11-13 02:28:18 PM  
Do the sea snails have seashells?

/by the sea shore?
 
2013-11-13 02:29:24 PM  
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2013-11-13 02:30:03 PM  
STOP TROLLING ME ALTSUBBETTE, YOU HOSE BEAST!
 
2013-11-13 02:30:53 PM  
Is there anyone who actually hasn't heard of creatures like this that can change sex before?
 
2013-11-13 02:31:12 PM  
Mary Anning would be so proud of this thread.

Anyway...  Lots of different sorts of amphibians and fish have been using this trick forever (or so).  I'm surprised it took someone this long to discover that mollusks can do it too.
 
2013-11-13 02:31:24 PM  
Surely, the sin of sea snails suddenly switching sexes stipulates certain and swift censure from saintly sorts.
 
2013-11-13 02:32:41 PM  

hitlersbrain: What if the crisis is a lack of she sea snails? Can they buy some by the sea shore?


I think that's in the she store.
 
2013-11-13 02:33:24 PM  
Good work subby
 
2013-11-13 02:33:37 PM  
Oh, great. This troll thread is now green.

Thanks, altfarkette, you biatch.
 
2013-11-13 02:36:02 PM  

topcon: Is there anyone who actually hasn't heard of creatures like this that can change sex before?


Grandpa warned me about that stuff years ago.
 
2013-11-13 02:36:57 PM  
"Yes, the mollusk is a randy little fellow whose primitive brain scarcely strays from the subject of the you know what."--John Cleeves
 
2013-11-13 02:41:02 PM  
Hoty candidate, don't think it'll win though, should be in the hotw though
 
2013-11-13 02:42:55 PM  
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2013-11-13 02:42:58 PM  
Invertebrate sea creature trifecta in play?

Also...

Our baby is leaving us Armand and we won't have any others.

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Not without a miracle.
 
2013-11-13 02:43:52 PM  
I prefer oysters.
 
2013-11-13 02:46:07 PM  
The animal world is so full of kinky sex that it proves there is no God.

Well, it proves that he's a Dirty Old Man and ought to be a ashamed of himself for coming up with such perverse contrivances just to reproduce a bunch of insects and stuff.

A lot of snails are hermaphrodites, for example. The males joust with their penises, and the loser gets to play Mother to the young. This involves a certain amount of violence, because snails, like many mollusks, are fertilized by the sperm being injected into the body of the "female".

Many species change sex over the course of their lives. In some, this is a function of age--they may be male when young and become female when they are bigger and older and better able to spare the resources needed to produce eggs rather than sperm, and to protect the young.

In other species, sex is determined, not by an X and Y chromosome as in us mammals, but by temperature. Eggs that are incubated at higher temperatures may be males, for example. This is true of many reptiles. Some South West American skinks have no males because the desert became too hot, but the females manage to reproduce parthenogenetically. Turkeys can do this. About one in ten turkeys has no father. Sharks can do this, as Farkers probably already know.

No matter how weird, wild or wonderful the sex live of the lower orders of animal may be, it will eventually involve Isabella Rossellini doing her choreographed take on the animal's sex life.

I have never seen this, but I am led to understand that it is awe-inspiring.

Maybe that Old Freak, God, knows what he is doing, but as an atheist, I have my doubts, Isabella or no Isabella.
 
2013-11-13 02:48:09 PM  
Many mollusks are hermaphroditic; some can reproduce parthegenetically .
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2013-11-13 03:02:23 PM  

medius: I prefer oysters.


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2013-11-13 03:05:01 PM  
Do she sea snails be he sea snails nailing she snails?
 
2013-11-13 03:07:26 PM  
My mind is blown.
 
2013-11-13 03:11:11 PM  

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You forgot the obligatory quote:  "Nature, um, finds a way."
 
2013-11-13 03:15:06 PM  

ObscureNameHere: scottydoesntknow: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x566]

You forgot the obligatory quote:  "Nature, um, finds a way."


Life, dammit! Life finds a way.

/nerdrage!
 
2013-11-13 03:17:24 PM  
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Look, Mr. Bubbles, ADAM!
 
2013-11-13 03:28:50 PM  

Bareefer Obonghit: By the seashore?


Sea snails switch sex by the seashore.
 
2013-11-13 03:50:39 PM  
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Zorba: Yes, the mollusk is a randy little fellow whose primitive brain scarcely strays from the subject of the you know what.
Mrs. Jalin: (going back to sofa) Disgusting!
Mr. Jalin: Ought not to be allowed.
Zorba: The randiest of the gastropods is the limpet. This hot-blooded little beast with its tent-like shell is always on the job. Its extra-marital activities are something startling. Frankly I don't know how the female limpet finds the time to adhere to the rock-face. How am I doing?
Mrs. Jalin: Disgusting.
Mr. Jalin: But more interesting.
Mrs. Jalin: Oh yes, tch, tch, tch.
Zorba: Another loose-living gastropod is the periwinkle. This shameless little libertine with its characteristic ventral locomotion ... is not the marrying kind: Anywhere anytime is its motto. Up with the shell and they're at it.
Mrs. Jalin: How about the lamellibranchs?
Zorba: I'm coming to them ... the great scallop  (holds one up) ... this tatty, scrofulous old rapist, is second in depravity only to the common clam.  (holds up a clam) This latter is a fight whore, a harlot, a trollop, a cynical bed-hopping firm-breasted Rabelaisian bit of sea food that makes Fanny Hill look like a dead Pope... and finally among the lamellibranch bivalves, that most depraved of the whole sub-species - the whelk. The whelk is nothing but a homosexual of the worst kind. This gay boy of the gastropods, this queer crustacean, this mincing mollusk, this screaming, prancing, limp-wristed queen of the deep makes me sick.
Mrs. Jalin: Have you got one?
Zorba: Here!  (holds one up)
Mrs. Jalin: Let's kill it. Disgusting.
(Zorba throws it on the floor and Mr. and Mrs. Jalin stamp on it.)
 
2013-11-13 04:43:12 PM  
I just wish humans could change sex.  I hate being male so much =(
 
2013-11-13 04:53:09 PM  
They're ambisextrous.
 
2013-11-13 04:58:26 PM  

JonnyBGoode: medius: I prefer oysters.


I see what you guys did there.
 
2013-11-13 05:04:35 PM  
So do my friends in Victoria
 
2013-11-13 05:09:05 PM  

Myria: I just wish humans could change sex.  I hate being male so much =(


Cant say I understand what the tg folks feel, but feeling like you are in the wrong body would have to suck.
 
2013-11-13 06:41:27 PM  
Do the she sea snails change to he sea snails when they want to increase their annual income?
 
2013-11-14 09:09:30 AM  
Sally from shipping slit the sheets.
Sally from shipping slit the sheets.
Sally from shipping slit the sheets.
 
2013-11-14 08:59:13 PM  

durbnpoisn: I'm surprised it took someone this long to discover that mollusks can do it too.


It didn't.
 
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