One of the most beautiful things to witness is the miracle of birth. Different species of animals all have their particular rituals, mating calls, and ways of delivering babies.
Seahorses are some of the most interesting to observe in this context. Seahorses, unlike most other animals, have the male give birth to the babies. According to National Geographic, “The reproductive process begins when a male and a female seahorsedo daily pre-dawn dances, intertwining their tails and swimming together. Eventually they engage in a true courtship dance, which can last as long as eight hours. It ends with the female depositing her eggs in the male’s pouch.”
Once the eggs are in the male’s pouch, they stay there for up to 45 days, waiting to be ready for hatching.
This video was taken by two divers, Meagan and Clayton, who were conducting research for Project Seahorse off of Little Beach in Nelson Bay, Australia.
Seahorse typically live in warmer climates, so going to Australia is the perfect location to observe these small creatures.
In their video, Meagan and Clayton filmed a White male seahorse giving birth to little babies, a sight that has almost never been seen before. Thanks to researchers like these – we are able to get an up close look at the amazing world of underwater nature.
To see the beautiful sight, check out the video below and see for yourself the wonder that these divers were able to capture!