Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pregnant Dads?!

Last weekend at the New York Aquarium, we got to see a few pregnant seahorse dads. I looked up the gestational period on the ever-reliable Wikipedia and found out that even when fathers have the responsibility of being "pregnant", they still get off pretty darn easy after birth!

Your husband pregnant. Could you imagine?
Source: Wikipedia

The male seahorse is equipped with a brood pouch on the ventral, or front-facing, side. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male's pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small. Once the seahorses are released into the water, the male's role is done and he offers no further care.


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