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Trying to propose someone this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you can get some
dating advice from the animal kingdom, says the latest episode of
RiAus’s A Week in Science. What could possibly go wrong?

One of the most romantic birds in the animal kingdom would have to be
the penguin. In several species, if a male wants to impress a female, he
will build a mound of little pebbles he’s collected, stand on it, make
himself look really big and puffy, and honk loudly at anything that
comes past. 
Which… actually isn’t all that romantic by our standards,
RiAus points out in the latest episode of A Week in Science below, so it’s best not follow the advice of penguins and stand outside your house yelling at everybody to try and get a date.
But if the alternative is emulating the dating strategies of the
porcupine, well then maybe the penguin isn’t a terrible option after
all. Because before mating, the male porcupine will drench his mate in
his own urine. If the female is ready for copulation, she won’t object,
but it won’t do the males any favours if she wasn’t that interested to
begin with.
What about the lovely seahorse? The males will spend eight hours or
so courting the female of their choice, and when they eventually hook
up, they’ll swim around with their tails intertwined. As part of the
mating process, the male will take on the female’s eggs, and will carry
the offspring for six weeks. Which isn’t exactly an option for humans,
yet… so let’s move on.

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Single worst example of what you should
try out on your loved one, or impossibly cute crush? The deep-sea
anglerfish. “The females … are much larger than their male
counterparts, which you’d think might be awkward when it comes to
mating,” says RiAus. But wait for it, it gets so much worse. 
  
Watch the video above to find out why anglerfish probably don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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