Do You Know? Male Seahorses Give Birth To Their Young Ones

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  • male seahorses are among the few animal species on Earth where the male bears the unborn young, which is even more unusual.
  • Few marine predators eat seahorses aside from crabs because they are too bony and difficult to digest.
  • About 40 different species of seahorses are recognized.
  • The majority of seahorses prefer to swim in pairs when their tails are connected.
  • A tiny fin on the back of seahorses helps them move forward by flapping up to 35 times per second. The back of the head is home to even smaller pectoral fins that are employed for steering.
  • Seahorses are fairly poor swimmers due to the form of their bodies, and if they are caught in storm-tossed waters, they can easily pass away from exhaustion.
  • They resemble the color of aquatic plants to swim upright and fend off predators.
  • Seahorses lack a stomach and teeth. Since food is digested so quickly by their digestive systems, they need to feed virtually constantly to survive.
  • They can eat up to 3,000 brine shrimp each day.
  • The seahorse consumes plankton and microscopic fish continuously. It moves each eye separately so that it can watch the motion of passing marine life without drawing attention to itself.
  • They cling to sea grass and coral with their prehensile tails and suck plankton and small crustaceans that are drifting by with their elongated snouts. The seahorse can ingest food up to 3 cm distant.
  • Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life.
  • Before releasing the fully developed, miniature seahorses into the water, the male seahorse carries the eggs in his pouch until they hatch. There can be as few as 5 or as many as 1,500 newborns.
  • Male pregnancy frees the female to generate more eggs immediately and speed up reproduction.
  • During their eight-hour courtship dance, seahorses twirl around, swim side by side, and change colors.
  • Up to 50 eggs are released by the female seahorse during mating into a pouch on the male’s abdomen.

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