Bottlenose Dolphins- Male dolphins form small tight-knit packs at
a young age. From time to time they will try to herd a female into
their group, and try to court her. When there are few potential mates,
however, male competition can become fierce. Two groups of buddies
gang up and sometimes steal a female away from another group. Only
one group of buddies stays with the female, the role of the others
having been simply to help out. But days later, the favor may be
forgotten, and the gang that helped may join up with a third group of
buddies to steal the female again.
Sea Turtles- Males will attract a female by bellowing and bobbing
his head furiously and waving his claws in her face to entice her.
During mating season, males may court a female by nuzzling her
head or by gently biting the back of her neck and rear flippers.
When he has found a mate, the male rams the female and nips her
legs until she draws them in, thereby immobilizing her. If the
female does not flee, the male attaches himself to the back of the
female's shell by gripping her top shell with claws in his front flippers.
Females observed after mating often have scratched shells and may
be bleeding from where the males' were hooked to their shells.
Copulation can take place either on the surface or under water.
Sometimes several males will compete for females and may even
fight each other during copulation.
Jack Rabbit- Typically solitary animals, hares will begin to
appear in the open during spring. The female will wait for
a male to approach, and they begin a physical dialogue that
resembles a cross between dancing and boxing, where the
female is either fighting the male off because she is not ready
to mate, or she is testing their perseverance. The male will
chase the female and pick fights with other males for her affection.
Porcupine- Females are only receptive for a few hours a year, so
they go off their food, and stick close by the males and mope.
Meanwhile, males become aggressive with other males, and begins
a period of carefully sniffing every place the female of his choice
urinates, smelling her all over. This is a tremendous aphrodisiac.
While she is sulking by his side, he begins to `sing'. When he is
ready to copulate, the female runs away if she's not ready. If she is
in the mood, they both rear up and face each other, belly-to-belly.
Then, males spray their ladies with a tremendous stream of urine,
soaking her from head to foot - the stream can shoot as far as 7 feet.

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 sea turtles.     
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 porcupine detail.