The seahorse is a true aquatic gem that adds another splash of originality to life under the sea. Not only does it have a unique shape, it is one of few fish that are monogamous and mate for life. Even more interesting, the seahorse is the only animal species where the male — not the female — bears the eggs until they hatch. When they do hatch, they release as fully-formed, tiny seahorses.
Another seahorse tidbit: Seahorses don’t have a stomach. Because food passes through them so quickly, they have to eat constantly to stay alive. They can consume more than 3,000 brine shrimp each day!
For more on seahorses, visit NationalGeographic.com.
- Photo by Laurent Ballesta/ National Geographic