Watch this child try to make sense of a manatee orgy

Manatees are known for their adorableness and their endangeredness, but not, generally speaking, for their social grace or tact.

Human children aren’t much different. Here, for example, is a child naïvely narrating a manatee orgy on the shores of Florida.

Aw, he thinks they’re trying to escape from a big pile—how cute! But the manatees are actually gathering to mate, which apparently they will continue to do for hours (or even days) on end.

Katie Tripp of Save the Manatee Club told the Huffington Post that it’s “the most relaxed orgy you will ever see.” So now you have that yardstick.

The super-chill swinger parties are known—most unsexily—as “mating herds,” wherein a herd of males will follow one female cow to the beach, where they copulate “indiscriminately,” according to the Save the Manatee Club’s website. This practice makes it difficult for scientists to determine who the offsprings’ baby daddies are.

Welp, that’s probably more than you—or this innocent little kid—ever wanted to know about manatee sex.

H/T CosmopolitanAhodges7/Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)

Cynthia McKelvey

Cynthia McKelvey

Cynthia McKelvey covered the health and science for the Daily Dot until 2017. She earned a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Scientific American Mind, and Mic.com.