The Mating Patterns Of Merpeople
By James Potter
In today’s modern society very little is known about Merpeople. The most that has been gathered can be compiled into a rather small volume. Yet, one of the more interesting pieces of information that has been acquired deals with the mating patterns of this magical creature. Within the small populations that tend to conglomerate in certain places around the Eastern European world, there are at most three communities that have been noted down; Out of those three only one has been recorded during their mating season. That sole population resides on the Scottish land in the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Known for their war like behavior the mating patterns hold nothing different. The signs of the mating season are well hidden as the ritual only takes place underwater, even if the merepeople can technically breathe above water. However, this idea was believed to have been true up until the year 1632, when Ministry worker Ismale Kazzar began to study the community to a further extent. He proved that although war like in behavior the merepeople stray away from that and instead envelop themselves in music. Much like the Ancient Greek’s of the muggle world, the merepeople constructed an area where they gather.
The gathering is only the first step in their mating pattern. This gathering is used to separate the females and males that can reproduce and those that cannot. Those that can are removed from the central city and placed in another secluded part of the community where the rest of the mating takes place. The secluded are of the community is adorned with ancient hieroglyphics that depict the following steps of the mating.
In the year 1674 Francis Wisenburg, discovered that there is a middle step in the process that had previously been overseen by most researchers. This middle step being the sizing up of the females; the males and females are separated and placed into different barracks. In the female barrack the females’ size on another up according to hunting successes. The female with the highest success rate will get to choose first the following day and so on and so forth. This organized pattern is yet another example of the organized community in which the merepeople population has grown accustomed to living in.
The following day after the separation of group that can reproduce, they are taken to an area where the males begin to sing to the females. The goal of the males is to have the most melodic, graceful, appeasing voice. Based off of the voice the females pick whom they are willing to mate with; One a side note if more than one female wants to mate with the same male as another than it is the female’s that sing and the male chooses the one he thinks has the better voice. Once the mates have been chosen the second phase of the mating pattern is complete.
The third phase of the mating patter is rather complicated and so a vague description will be given at the moment. French Ministry worker Marius Bonaparte discovered this phase, and as such the findings were loosely translated into English. From his essay The Works of Meremaidian Reproduction Bonaparte states,
The female is the head of the reproductive action and as such is the one to choose where it takes place. As they are not mammalian creatures they do not carry their children instead acting more like fish they lay eggs. This would not be such a harmful state was it not for the war like manner that it is handled. Places to lay eggs are scarce to a point where it is necessary for the newly formed couples to fight for a prime spot. The instinctual war like manners that has been bred into them [tense has been changed] comes out anew and both male and female counterparts ready themselves for a fight.
The merpeople then engage in a quarrel to sort out where one couple will lay their eggs and fertilize them. With the couples that are killed off approximately only a fourth of those that entered the breeding ground successfully mate.
It is important to note that the period of time in which the fetus inside the egg takes to fully develop is eight months. In this time the “parents” are ushered out back into the normal community where they will chose to either stay in contact or let what occurred be a just that. The new merepeople are not taken care of by those that bred them rather they are ushered away to an institution of sorts. The mating process starts off once more after two years of the new offspring have been in the institution.
“The pattern is as organized as they are. Though complicated it is organized.” said Irish researcher Fenrir Le Devonet. They mating cycle of merepeople occurs at least once a year, twice on a good year. The pattern is traceable as far back as 14 A.D. when it was first discovered in Athens, Greece. “Merepeople mating is a curious study, yet the rewards reaped are worth it.”