July 30, 2002
Biologists said the five males and one female were showing a typical mating pattern, common during the summer.Were the preceding excerpts taken from:
Biologist Penny Husted said from two to 20 males will follow a female for days, sometimes weeks, until she is receptive. [During this time] "She will hide her genital regions and basically rest," Husted said. "It's important that people leave them alone when they do this so she can get the rest that she needs." Husted said the female will typically return to deeper water once she has rested.
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