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The Seahorse in Silhouette

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I remember seeing as a kid a documentary on marine life, and learning about how the male seahorses carry the eggs as they incubate. Men being pregnant?! It blew my five year old mind!

It turns out it’s a whole lot more intriguing than that. For example, during their courtship rituals (which are lengthy and ongoing, probably for efficiency’s sake), seahorses will join tails and dance, change colors, and eventually release their holds on seagrass and free-swim, snouts touching, so the female can lay her eggs into the male’s empty pouch.

The Seahorse in Silhouette
19 February 2007
Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead, NY

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