Forever Blowing Bubbles
Zukin: Mating season for striped rays is upon us. Their courtship rituals are long and complex, and begin with the male propelling a stream of sweet-smelling bubbles at an eligible female. Zukin: However, the females often reject attempts to impress them. The males often become despondent as a result, so the ray handlers must encourage them to keep trying until they find a mate. Zukin: Over by Sui-no-Sato is a male ray who is reluctant to continue with the rituals. Perhaps you could assist his trainer?
Ray Handler: Oh, are you here to help? I have spent all day training him, but he has become sullen and uncooperative. I think a fresh approach might do him some good. Would you like to try?
Ray Handler: Oh, what a pity! That was a fine attempt, but she's just not interested. She seems to turn away all the males though, not just our little friend here.
Ray Handler: Well, it looks like she's had enough for now. We'd better call it a day as well.
Ray Handler: Our young friend here has made a lot of progress. His technique is slowly improving. Perhaps it won't be long before he finds a match!
Zukin: It would appear that the ray responded well to your instruction. The handler tells me that if he perseveres, he will find a mate sooner or later.
Zukin: Striped rays are essential to our way of life, but pairing the males and females can be a little troublesome. In most cases, the males must attempt the mating ritual over and over before they succeed.Zukin: Since you have a knack for this, we may benefit from your help in the days to come.