Forget the Kama Sutra. When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea. There we find the elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters; giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome while holding their breath; full-moon sex parties of groupers; and daily mating blitzes by blueheaded wrasse. Deep-sea squid perform inverted 69s while hermaphrodite sea slugs link up in giant sex loops. From doubly endowed sharks to the mazelike vaginas of some whales, Sex in the Sea is a journey unlike any other to explore the staggering ways life begets life beneath the waves.
Sex in the Sea uniquely connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. Through overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution we are disrupting the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of life in the ocean. With wit and scientific rigor, Marah J. Hardt introduces us to the researchers and innovators who study the wet and wild sex lives of ocean life and offer solutions that promote rather than prevent successful sex in the sea. Part science, part erotica, Sex in the Sea discusses how we can shift from a prophylactic to a more propagative force for life in the ocean.
©2016 Marah J. Hardt (P)2016 Tantor
"This quirky exploration of the mating habits of sea life ranging from sea slugs to giant right whales is narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer, who adds the right touch of whimsy to the musings the author peppers among the fascinating facts about sexy sea creatures. Mercer-Meyer delivers the informative and often surprising material in a matter-of-fact tone but also communicates the author's amusement with the topics as well as her casual humorous asides." (AudioFile)
After reading so many books about animal behavior that focused on the outdated ideology of evolutionary psych (e.g. good genes, sexy sons, and the like), it was extremely refreshing to read this author. She provided lots of animal behavior studies, general information about sea life, and tons of interesting information about animal sex in the sea. Interestingly, she related all of that to sustainability, climate change, and other current important issues.
I am not sure I would have picked up a book about how human practices change mating behaviors in sea animals. Her format for disseminating this information was great. She got the reader hooked on animal sea sex and used it to get her very important message out to society.
This is one of the best audiobooks to which I've listened. There was a lot of information about sea life sex, of course, but also about how our human activities affect it - often, unfortunately, in a bad way.
I liked that it made me laugh while listening to a subject that is inherently pretty dry.
She was a good narrator but I wish she, like many other narrators, would check her pronunciation of unfamiliar words. I have lived in the Florida Keys, so I know the animal is called a "conk" not a "conch", although it is spelled "conch." Also, the word nascent is "NAY-sent" not "nossent." Just little irritations in an otherwise good performance.
Getting busy under the sea
Very pleased with this book. I'm a big fan of Mary Roach, and this reminds me of her books.
I would recommend this book with the caveat that there is an amazing number of copulating sea creatures and too many are too similar. I think it could have been shorter, but it is a fascinating account of procreation in what may be the world's last and largest wilderness, where it turns out that nothing is new under the sun.
Sure, but I'm not in a hurry for the next one.
No, but her reading of this book was perfect.
A TV doc would be great.
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