The birth of a seahorse is very different than other creatures. This is due to the fact that instead of female seahorses carrying the young and giving birth, it’s the male seahorses that carry and give birth to their little ones. It is pretty interesting, don’t you think? Seahorses are the only creature in the world where the male carries the young.
I’ve always wondered why this is the case, and was once told by a docent at a major aquarium in the United States that it is believed that this may not always have been the case, but that years of evolution resulted in the male seahorse carrying the young.
During the mating process, a female seahorse deposits around 1,800 eggs in a male seahorse’s pouch. The pouch can hold up to around 2,000 eggs though. The male seahorse then carries the eggs for anywhere from 10 to 25 days. Perhaps the pouch wasn’t always there, but it developed over time to protect the eggs?
In this clip, we get treated to a seahorse delivery that was recorded at the Deep Hull, Yorkshire. The world’s only submarium is home to over 3500 fish, including sharks and rays. People can actually walk through a tunnel and be surrounded on all sides by sea life. You are going to be speechless when you see this delivery for yourself!
Watch this incredible video below! Did you know about the male seahorse before watching this video? Feel free to share what you thought about it in the comments section!
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