Did you know that male seahorses give birth?…Yes, they do.
When the male and female seahorse have decided they like each other, the seahorse females swim towards the surface of the water, and the males follow.
The female then put their bright orange eggs into the pouch of the males through the hole at the top of the pouch.
Once the eggs are safely inside, the male adds sperm and shut the opening. The eggs are made fertile by the sperm, and then start developing into baby seahorses.
With that, the job of the female seahorse is done!
She swims off, and leaves the male to take care of the growing babies.
The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days, until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small.
The young seahorses, which can range from as low as 5, to as high as 2500, are then released into the water, and the male often mates again within hours or days during the breeding season.
After he has given birth, the male seahorse does nothing more for his babies.
They must look after themselves and hide from predators, as they have no parents to protect them.