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Video by Graham Hill
Unlike other animals, seahorses have a very unique pregnancy and childbirth in which the males carry their babies and store the eggs in their pouch.
The other animal that has been identified to have a similar pregnancy and childbirth is pipefish.
In seahorses community, the male is the one who goes through childbirth.
First, the female seahorse deposits the eggs into the male’s pouch. The eggs are then fertilized by the male seahorse’s sperm
After 10 to 25 days of the gestation period, the male is now ready to give birth to his children.
As the birth is approaching, the male seahorse will experience some behavioral changes. He will then breath heavily and change the color of his skin!
Then, the contractions start to occur
After a series of contractions, the male then gives birth to thousands of his newborns, tiny seahorses
A male seahorse can give birth up to 2,000 of babies at a time.
However, only fewer than five out of 1,000 will survive to adulthood.
Check out the video below and watch how male seahorse undergoes pregnancy and childbirth
Male seahorses possess the remarkable ability to give birth to thousands of babies at once. Learn more: http://on.natgeo.com/1QUf8KC
Posted by National Geographic on Tuesday, March 15, 2016