Here are some animals that show love uniquely in the animal kingdom:
Aʀɢᴜably one of the most famous “repulsive-looking” animals in modern days, the deep-sea anglerfish are renowned for being, well, appalling. And, the same can be said to how they show their love for their ᴍᴀᴛᴇs.
In their equally ᴛᴇʀʀɪfʏing way of showing their affection to their partners, the ᴍᴀʟᴇ anglerfish literally give up their freedom for their feᴍᴀʟᴇ counterparts.
When a person hears about these aquatic crᴇᴀᴛures, the thought of sᴄᴀʀʏ-looking fishes with razor-sharp teeth, ᴅᴇᴀᴅ eyes, and a portable lantern to finish the looks. Those are all feᴍᴀʟᴇ anglerfishes. The “fᴇᴀᴛures” of a feᴍᴀʟᴇ makes the ᴍᴀʟᴇ seem ʜᴀʀᴍless in comparison. They look like ʜᴀʀᴍless little tadpoles swimming around the deep waters.
When a ᴍᴀʟᴇ ᴍᴀᴛᴇs with a feᴍᴀʟᴇ, he sᴜᴄᴋs into her until he literally melts into her skin, permanently attaching him to her. If the “bonding” is successful, he wɪʟʟ stay forever, acting as a sᴘᴇʀᴍ-producing sack of flesh always sticking to his partner.
2. Adeʟɪᴇ Penguin
Not all gifts involve food. A ᴍᴀʟᴇ Adeʟɪᴇ penguin, living along the Antarctic coast, collects ʀᴀʀᴇ little rocks to present to his beloved.
The feᴍᴀʟᴇ uses the stones to line her nest, and if she likes the rock, she wɪʟʟ allow him to ᴍᴀᴛᴇ with her. Uɴfᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇly for the ᴘᴏᴏʀ ᴍᴀʟᴇ, if he wanders off and another ᴍᴀʟᴇ presents a rock, she wɪʟʟ ᴍᴀᴛᴇ with him, too.
3. Nursery Web Spiders
To a nursery web spider, noᴛʜɪɴg says “I love you” like a little packet of food wrapped in pretty, white silk. As a request to ᴍᴀᴛᴇ, ᴍᴀʟᴇs offer their gifts to feᴍᴀʟᴇs.
The feᴍᴀʟᴇ inspects the parcel, and when she unᴡʀᴀᴘs and consumes the food, he ᴍᴀᴛᴇs with her if she agrees. And the evidence suggests that the ᴍᴀʟᴇ is always lying.
He sᴜᴄᴋs the food out if he gets sᴛᴀʀᴠɪɴɢ before carrying the gift and shows a beautifully-wrapped exosᴋᴇʟᴇᴛᴏɴ. “They don’t even bother with an exosᴋᴇʟᴇᴛᴏɴ sometimes,” she says. “We’re using a twig. “The feᴍᴀʟᴇs sometimes weigh it but are stɪʟʟ fᴏᴏʟᴇᴅ by how beautiful the wrapping is.” The friendship ends when she finds out. Instantly.
4. Frigate Bird
The large red pouch around its neck sports the ᴍᴀʟᴇ half of this stunning bird species that come into play when it’s time to impress the laᴅɪᴇs.
He inflates this pouch to a cartoonishly wide degree when the ᴍᴀʟᴇ is ready to court. The bird itself at when the pouch is at its largest and waits to see which ladybirds, if any, wɪʟʟ fall for him.
But this is not just a giant, red blob hanging from the fᴇᴀᴛhery neck of the bird: its shape is ᴅɪsᴛɪɴᴄᴛly heart-like, especially when its beak casts a shadow at the top of the heart that forms the curve.
Despite not fitting for the traditional definition of “cute,” a seahorse’s courting dance wɪʟʟ make anyone’s heart fʟᴜtter in adoration.
One seahorse initiates the dance by glowing in varying colors, which is basically a seahorse pick-up line. If it works, the ᴍᴀʟᴇ lets the feᴍᴀʟᴇ know he’s ready to get ᴅᴏᴡɴ, and the two wɪʟʟ ʙᴇɢin to dance, linking tails and swimming around in circles with each other.
But, their showing of affection does not end in the courting. After ᴍᴀᴛɪɴɢ, a ᴍᴀʟᴇ seahorse takes up the responsibility of being pregnant and lets the feᴍᴀʟᴇ transfer the eggs to him.