Seahorses

Seahorse, Sea-Horse, Hippocampus, Marine

Seahorses are a very unique. Their heads look the same as a horses.

A seahorse can grow to be up to 14 inches or they are as small as half an inch! Perhaps the most amazing thing about sea horses is how the males are those who give birth to the young.

Before they breed they will need to court each other. This courtship often lasts for several days as they dance with each other. During this dance they may change colors. During the courtship dance they float side by side holding each others tails or occasionally they grip the identical piece of grass almost like their holding hands. After a lengthy time doing this they then take part in the actual courtship dance. This dancing often lasts 8 hours ! In this dance the seahorse pushes water to his egg pouch until it opens up from the pressure building inside once the female sees he is not pregnant she lays eggs as they hook up their snouts together and begin to drift. In this time his body begins to swell out of the innumerable eggs while her body begins to thin.

The man then gives off semen which ferments the eggs at which stage he shuts his pouch. He then starts to feed his many kids. In this time he gives them the specific hormones which are responsible for infant milk.

They do not care for their children after arrival however since the man keeps them safe until their born (instead of merely putting the eggs and leaving) the survival rate is greater (though only 5% ).

Sea horses despite their efficient methods of reproduction are quite weak animals. They can not swim very well and have an extremely inefficient digestion systems. They’ve no stomach so it’s significantly harder for them to get nutrients and maintain nutrients so that they will need to eat a lot. They eat by placing their snouts onto stones and sucking up nutrients.

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