Did You Know A Male Seahorse Gives Birth?

Ever heard the one about the male seahorse giving birth? That’s right, for these strange creatures, the male seahorses give birth!

Male Seahorse Gives Birth

For seahorses, reproduction is actually quite different than it is for us. The male seahorse has a sort of pouch which is basically the equivalent of a womb. It is specialised to keep the eggs warm and provides oxygen. It is in here, that the female comes along and deposits her eggs.

Once the eggs have been deposited, the male fertilizes them. The pregnancy period starts which lasts for 2-4 weeks. Over the course of this time, the male provides the eggs with prolactin which is actually the same hormone responsible for milk production found in mammals.

When it is time to give birth, the male goes through violent muscular contractions to release the young. Depending on the species, a seahorse can give birth to up to 2500 young!

Once the male has given birth, the next morning he is ready to receive the next batch of eggs from the female! No rest for the wicked!

So there you have it, you now know interesting details behind seahorse reproduction.

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