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Thread: Pregnant Male Seahorse

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    Nope, this is not a seahorse with big balls. It's a pregnant male seahorse, the only animal species where the male gets pregnant.


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    He's lookin' ready to colt.

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    hah Damn Wise, It ruined my comment, I was going to say, Wow look at the sack on that one.

    I said it anyways,
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    So what do male sea horses need females for?
    (this might be a joke in the making, not sure yet)

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    My son wants to know where the babies come out at?

    My seahorse story: We were diving in Honduras. The divemaster promised to try to show us a seahorse. We saw him several times, always in the exact same spot. My friend said "For all we know, that's a plastic seahorse tied to that piece of coral." LOL, could have been. But they are so incredibly well camouflaged, there could have been tons of them.

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    I am going to cite an article whose scientific basis I am uncertain of but the description is believable and vivid.
    The male has at the base of its abdomen, where it lacks armour plating, a large skin pouch and a slit-like opening. The female lays the eggs directly into this pouch, where the male fertilizes them as they are deposited.

    She may continue laying eggs until the pouch is full, perhaps with as many as 600 eggs. The lining inside the pouch becomes sponge-like and filled with blood vessels which play some part in nourishing the eggs. This is an extraordinary characteristic of the male sea horse. Egg-laying complete, the dad-to-be swims off with his swollen pouch—a living baby carriage.

    One or two months later he gives birth to tiny replicas of the adults. The little bundles of joy are squirted out until the pouch is empty. At times dad may use quite forceful muscular contractions to eject the last of his brood. It is an incredible sight when the young pour forth, and the process of giving birth is exhausting for father sea horse. Baby sea horses are not called ‘sea foals’—just ‘young’.

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