These animals, insects and fish came up with some pretty clever ways of flying under-the-radar.
Fake their own death
During mating time, all sorts of unwanted advances are made to the females dragonflies of a certain species, who only need to mate once to have a fertilized brood. So when she comes upon of swarm of males, she pretends to be dead, stopping the beating of her wings and plummeting towards the ground. Then the males fly on, searching for partner who is, well, alive. When the coast is clear, she begins to move her wings again, flying away.
Grow misleading anatomy
“Grow a pair,” remarked the sexist squid. And so she did.
The opalescent inshore squid is just what it sounds like– a squid that is covered in shimmering, shining, color changing cells. When they swim, these cells make them look like a shimmering rainbow in the water. That’s pretty cool, but their method of faking out lame boy squids is even cooler.
Basically, they have a set of super-bright cells under their bodies, and they periodically switch them “on” to make white lines. The testicles of male squids also just so happen to be some bright white lines on their underside. Researched conclude: Clever disguise!
It’s pretty common for an elephant to let out a low rumble letting the guys know she’s ready and looking to mate. This can attract a stampede of overzealous males. Literally terrifying. She knows this is going to happen, and she’ll take off running. Female elephants can always count on being faster than males.
She’ll run for a long, long time, outrunning all of the guys she’s snubbed, purposefully slowing down when she finds someone she likes, letting his trunk touch her back.
Or, swimming away
In an experiment that could warrant to be called fish abuse, researchers exposed groups of female guppies to different levels of male-guppy harassment. After five months of this draconian methodology, the guppies who were exposed to the most harassment were found to be, by far, the fastest swimmers. Not only faster, they changed the way their fins moved to become more efficient swimmers. One researcher from the University of Exeter commented: “This change is very similar to that seen in human athletes who train to become better at their sports.” They should add that motivations are probably pretty different.