Friday, 12 December 2014

Father gives birth to a hundred baby seahorses

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

3:30PM GMT 12 Dec 2014

A male seahorse has given birth to a hundred tiny babies at a sea life centre in Britain.

Dozens of tiny seahorses have been born at a sea life centre in BirminghamThe tiny sea creatures are part of a conservation programme to rescue, breed and protect the animals.
The male 'big bellied' seahorse incubated the females eggs for 25 days before giving birth to the brood. They can carry up to a thousand eggs at one time, and are one of the only examples in the animal kingdom of males giving birth.

Rob Gaster, the aquarist who bred the seahorses at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, said: “It’s always exciting when we have a new birth at the attraction, let alone a hundred.

“We’re very happy to report that our baby seahorses are thriving and being cared for in our specialist nursery tank so we can keep a close eye on them.

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