By by Rika Hayami-Allen.
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Attracted by the displays of the suitor, she proceeded to mate, even as one of the spurned males spread his arms and bared his beak in an empty threat. The mating proceeded quickly. The male used one of his arms to deposit sperm capsules into a pouch beneath the female’s mouth. The capsules burst open, spreading sperm into her mantle and fertilizing the eggs. The coupling completed, the female swam back into the cave to lay her new eggs. What shows clearly is her siphon. By expelling water through the funnel-like tube, a fleeing cuttlefish can propel itself backward in a surprising burst of speed.
It’s a bathylagid. This is probably the first time anyone’s seen this species alive in its own habitat. Look at how big his eyes are. He feeds on all the gooey stuff in the water. It may be that he looks up to see it. The manipulator arm accidently touches the bathylagid, and it darts away. (National Geographic February 1990, p. 39) The occurrence of neuter pronouns in marine fishes is high. 9 % of the retrieved gender markers are neuter. 3 Sea horse (H. abdominalis, H. ingens, H. hippocampus, H.
I have found a number of articles concerning whales and orcas. One half of the excerpted samples distinguish the gender and its roles. 7% of all examples. It can be explained by the fact that these animals belong among seriously endangered species, thus the authors personalise them and pay special attention to them. The dominance of the feminine gender can be seen in most of the examples depicted below. This fact is connected with the behaviour and life cycle of these mammalsfemales are often spotted in groups, called pods: “They consist of as many as four generations of related whales of both sexes- great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and their offspring, including mature males”.
A descriptive study of the language of Ternate, the northern Moluccas, Indonesia by by Rika Hayami-Allen.