WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — While humans can undergo gender reassignment surgery, some creatures can make the change all on their own.
Mother Nature has equipped certain species with both functioning male and female organs.
In the Pacific Ocean lives a hermaphroditic species of fish called the humphead wrasse. The female wrasse has the remarkable ability to switch gender in just months (protogynous).
The ability to change sex according to social or environmental factors is natural for some species, while other species can experience a sex change due to global warming and pollution.
Clownfish are born one gender and switch if necessary. Ribbon moray eels are born male, then shift to female (protandrous).
Researchers have also observed frogs making the switch. More are morphing into females, possibly due to a common herbicide.
One thing is certain: Gender fluidity is part of the animal kingdom.
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