COCKLES MATING DANCE
Cockles are fashinating creatures, their complex mating ritual can mostly be observed in Rome (Italy), their natural breeding ground, during JIBCon season. We know almost for sure that they mate in other places as well (like other conventions around the word and into trailers parked near sets in Vancouver, just to give some examples) but as other species they have favorite places, like, as said, Rome.
Their mating ritual consists in verious very precise actions like long languid looks into each other eyes, gentle strokes on the cheeks, light touches of shoulders and backs and a very peculiar tongue swap on the lips that they use to draw each other attention.
At this point they are aware of the intrest and they start their mating dance. The Jensen of the species at this point starts a light movment of the pelvis that will be instantly noted by the Misha of the species and met with appreciation looks (x). The Jensen, encouraged by this, will start to improve his movments with a full body shake (x).
The Misha of the species, that till now just watched, feels prompted to show to the Jensen his intrest too and will try some movments (the Misha is a bit less graced though) (x).
Now that the Jensen is well aware of the intrest of the Misha he will finally move to him to offer his arm to the partner (x) making the Misha speechless and very happy (x).
At this point they start the proper dance that will see the Jansen leading and the Misha trying to follow the gracious movments (x). Now they are finally ready to mate.
We know for sure that the dance isn’t always so complex, we had examples of much simpler dances in the past (x) but we are also sure that sometimes the dance isn’t even required and that they mate solely after a wink.