Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed a century ago by a member of Captain Scott's polar team, are finally being made public. Details, including "sexual coercion", recorded by George Murray Levick were considered so shocking that they were removed from official accounts. However, scientists now understand the biological reasons behind the acts that Dr Levick considered "depraved". He was a pioneer in the study of penguins and was the first person to stay for an entire breeding season with a colony on Cape Adare. He recorded many details of the lives of adelie penguins, but some of their activities were just too much for the Edwardian sensibilities of the good doctor.
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Prostitution among animals - Wikipedia
Penguins use stones for building their nests. Some pair-bonded female penguins copulate with males who are not their mates and then take pebbles for their own nests. The notion of such "transactional sex" among chimpanzees has been critiqued by many scholars, citing that androcentric bias and researchers projecting their own gendered assumptions onto non-human animals may play a significant role in interpretations of "prostitution. According to the report about the study published by BBC News Online , some female penguins sneak around on their partners. These prostitutes have sex with unattached males and take a pebble from the male's nest after having sex. Pebbles are used for building nests, but are scarce, and hence valuable. In an actual study, the researchers speculate that the female has bent over to grab a stone and the male has misinterpreted the gesture—she hasn't changed her mind or performed a trick.
'Sexual depravity' of penguins that Antarctic scientist dared not reveal
London's Natural History Museum has unearthed a landmark study into penguins that details homosexual acts, sexual abuse of chicks and attempts by male penguins to mate with dead females. George Murray Levick, a scientist with the ill-fated Scott Antarctic Expedition, risked freezing or starving to death to prepare his paper, Sexual Habits of the Adelie Penguin, which had been lost for decades. Levick was so horrified by his own findings that he initially recorded them in Greek to make them inaccessible to the average reader.
Fur seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour. Specifically, trying to have sex with penguins. This media cannot be played on your device.