But you really have to tip your hat to seahorse fathers, the only animals in the world that actually get pregnant and give birth. Some seahorse species can give birth to more than 1,000 babies at a time.
In this cell phone video, shot by Carol Haley, the Tennessee Aquarium's assistant curator of fishes, you see a lined seahorse dad giving birth. Amazing!
Aquarists routinely discover babies in the Seahorse Gallery and perform tiny underwater rodeos to round up "the hosses" to be raised off-exhibit until they are large enough to be placed on public view, or shared with other institutions that are also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Our staff has to develop especially keen eyes when looking for dwarf seahorse babies. Recently there has been a bit of a population boom of these almost impossibly small animals. "Dwarf seahorses, Hippocampus zosterae, are the smallest seahorses found off of the U.S. coast," said Carol Haley. "The name zosterae refers to the species of seagrass that occurs where they are found. They use their camouflage to blend in with the surrounding seagrass beds."
Read this MSNBC.com article to learn how this species might soon be listed as an endangered species.
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