Dolphins have clitorises and have lesbian sex for pleasure, science says

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Scientists have discovered that female dolphins have clitorises similar to humans, and make use of them during “lots of” lesbian sex.

Dolphins are well known for having sex not just for reproduction but also for bonding and self-gratification.

A new study published in the journal Current Biology has found that female bottlenose dolphins have clitorises packed with nerves.

Researchers analysed the genitals of 11 female bottlenose dolphins that had died of natural causes.

They found that their clitorises had erectile tissue structures, many blood vessels, and large nerves and nerve endings just under the skin.

These similarities to the human clitoris led scientists to deduce the dolphins get pleasure from sex.

Biologist and lead researcher Patricia Brennan told New Scientist bottlenose dolphins live close to the shore. This means scientists can easily study their behaviour.

“They see [the dolphins] having sex year-round, even when the females are not receptive, so not ready to get pregnant and have babies,” she said.

“And not only do they have sex all the time, they have a lot of homosexual sex as well.

“The females will rub each other’s clitorises with their snouts and their flippers really often.

“It’s not like every once in a blue moon you’ll see females stimulating each other, it’s actually pretty common.

“Females also masturbate.

“If they’re out there seeking all these sexual experiences, it’s likely that it’s probably feeling good.”

Brennan said such studies into animal sexuality, especially females, are rare. She said the research is important in learning more about human sexuality and pleasure.

“These are things that are critically important for us to understand evolutionarily,” she said.

“They may actually have something to teach us about our own sexuality.”

Gay dolphins spotted having orgy off Australian coast

It’s not just the female dolphins who are getting in on the action.

In 2017, scientists observed a group of male dolphins having a gay orgy off the coast of Australia.

The researchers said even after peak mating season had finished, they observed male dolphins “socialising through sex” in waters off Mandurah in Western Australia.

Krista Nicholson from Murdoch University said the dolphins “organized themselves in four sub-groups”.

“They were observed engaging in socio-sexual behavior that included mounting and genital contact between individuals,” she said.

“The subgroups joined, frequently forming a large group and then split again in different group compositions.”

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