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We’re gonna need a bigger bed: Sharks are seen having sex in rare images of the animals mating 

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Incredible rare pictures reveal the moment a pair of Whitetip reef sharks enjoyed a moment of passion beside a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. 

The lovers were pictured intertwined upside down with their snouts on the sea floor, with the male shark then biting down on the female’s pectoral fin and inserting his ‘clasper’ into her cloaca – a shark’s genitalia.

This ritual of biting is used to hold the female in position during the mating process – and is common in several shark species.

Underwater photographer Ron Watkins, who captured the stunning pictures off the coast of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, said: ‘This is a very rare occurrence to witness and photograph this behaviour in sharks and I only know a few others that have ever witnessed it.’

There are times it's quite nice to be bitten by a shark: The lovers were pictured intertwined upside down with their snouts on the sea floor, with the male shark then biting down on the female's pectoral fin and inserting his 'clasper' into her cloaca - a shark's genitalia

There are times it’s quite nice to be bitten by a shark: The lovers were pictured intertwined upside down with their snouts on the sea floor, with the male shark then biting down on the female’s pectoral fin and inserting his ‘clasper’ into her cloaca – a shark’s genitalia

Sharks having a whale of a time: The male shark is biting the female's pectoral fin in order to hold her in position during the mating process - and is common in several shark species

Sharks having a whale of a time: The male shark is biting the female’s pectoral fin in order to hold her in position during the mating process – and is common in several shark species

Can we get some privacy here: The rare pictures captured the moment the Whitetip reef sharks enjoyed a moment of passion beside a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean

Can we get some privacy here: The rare pictures captured the moment the Whitetip reef sharks enjoyed a moment of passion beside a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean

Underwater photographer Ron Watkins, who captured the stunning pictures off the coast of Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Underwater photographer Ron Watkins, who captured the stunning pictures off the coast of Cocos Island, Costa Rica

A moment of passion: The lovers changed positions during their mating ritual, with them becoming parallel with the sea bed

A moment of passion: The lovers changed positions during their mating ritual, with them becoming parallel with the sea bed

Photographer Ron Watkins said: 'This is a very rare occurrence to witness and photograph this behaviour in sharks and I only know a few others that have ever witnessed it'

Photographer Ron Watkins said: ‘This is a very rare occurrence to witness and photograph this behaviour in sharks and I only know a few others that have ever witnessed it’

On a high: The pair of Whitetip reef sharks swam off together after their moment of passion

On a high: The pair of Whitetip reef sharks swam off together after their moment of passion 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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