While this may sound like a headline from the likes of a cheesy tabloid, a new study has found that fish who eat their children are destined to have a more active sex life. Sort of.
That’s right: There’s no sexual dry spell that a little infantile cannibalism can’t cure, according to a new study published in Current Biology. Let’s be very clear. This applies only to fish—specifically the barred-chin blenny fish.
The study found that this one type of fish actually uses cannibalism of its young to reignite the fertility process. Eating their young eggs becomes, “[an] endocrinological necessity to restart courtship behavior for subsequent mating," the researchers conclude.
Before you go all Hannibal Lector, it’s important to note that this process isn’t still fully understood—and can actually be used only as an act of survival in times of hardship for most species. Read more, here.
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