Honeycomb Cowfish -- Acanthostracion polygonia, mating in the Bonaire National Marine Park with a poem by Thomas Carew:
'Give me more love, or more disdain;
The torrid or the frozen zone
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
The temperate affords me none:
Either extreme, of love or hate,
Is sweeter than a calm estate.
Give me a storm, if it be love,
Like Danae in that golden shower,
I swim in pleasure, if it prove
Disdain, that torrent will devour
My vulture hopes; and he's possessed
Of heaven that's but from hell released
Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
Give me more love, or more disdain.' ~ "Mediocrity in Love Rejected" by Thomas Carew, 1640.
‘Ah, better to love in the lowliest cot
Than pine in a palace alone.’ ~ George John Whyte-Melville, Chastelar
Color seems to be a big part of their communication -- spawning redux, in shallower waters, with John Donne:
'Some man unworthy to be possessor
Of old or new love, himselfe being false or weake
Thought his paine and shame would be lesser,
If on womankind he might his anger wreake,
And thence a law did grow,
One might but one man know,
But are other creatures so?
Are Sunne, Moone, or Starres by law forbidden,
To smile where they list, or lend away their light?
Are birds divorc'd, or are they chidden
If they leave their mate, or lie abroad a-night?
Beasts doe no joyntures lose
Though they new lovers choose,
But we are made worse than those.' ~ from "Confined Love" by John Donne
one spawn a'time ...
... they lived happily ever after ...
... the middle/beginning/end ...