Pregnant male weedy seadragon video

Pregnant male weedy seadragon video Thanks to Nicola Stephenson who shared this with me on Facebook. One of the most enduringly fascinating aspects of seahorses and seadragons is the fact that the male cares for the babies until they hatch. The female lays her eggs into a sac or onto the tail of the male and he carries them until the young are born. Here is an absolutely beautiful extract from the BBC One documentary Life which shows the courtship dance of the weedy seadragons and some incredible footage of the male giving...

Did you know? Male seahorses give birth

Did you know? Male seahorses give birth It's one of the most fascinating facts about the seahorse - males get pregnant and give birth to live, fully-formed young. During mating the female seahorse deposits her eggs in a pouch in the male seahorse's belly. The male then fertilizes the eggs and carries them until they are ready to be pushed out into the water to fend for themselves. The gestation time can vary between six days and six weeks depending on the species. When the male is ready to give birth he makes thrusting movements which push the young, or fry, out of his breeding pouch. Below you will see a fantastic video of a male giving...

Top 5 Seahorse Facts

Top 5 Seahorse Facts Here are the top five seahorse facts everyone should know. Number 1: Where do Seahorses Live? Seahorse habitats exist in almost all the seas and oceans of the world - except in the coldest areas of the very north and the very south. Since they don't tend to move far from one spot, being weak swimmers, they tend to live on the coasts where seas are shallower, there is more light and so more plants and coral for them to cling onto. Number 2: Who's the Daddy? The pregnant male. Yes, it's true. In one of the most amazing animal adaptations every seen, pipefish, seahorses and seadragons are the only species...

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! This wonderful picture is by Paul Zahl from the NGS Image Collection and is included in a series on the National Geographic website in honour of Father's Day. The article is called "Best Animal Dads" and I'm happy to see that the seahorse is the first featured father! As you will know if you're a regular visitor to The Seahorse Shop, the male seahorse is a great father because he actually carries the fertilized eggs from the female and gives birth to live babies. In our family the seahorse is the symbol of my husband being a wonderful dad to our daughter and is the inspiration for this website. Click...