It’s quite weird, actually. Males are born to search for females, that is, they can detect the scent of a female, and they must find her. As a male anglerfish grows older, his body starts to degenerate, starting with the digestive system, so if he can’t find a female, he dies. Why? Because, when a male does find a female, he bites onto her, and releases an enzyme that fuses his body to hers, becoming nothing more than a sperm producing lump on the side of the female. Then, whenever the female releases her eggs, there is a male right there to fertilize them. A female can have several males attached to her in her life. Pretty freaky little fish.
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