Did you know? Seahorse females insert their eggs into the male seahorse’s brood pouch, which he then fertilizes. After a gestation period of 21 days, the baby seahorses are born!
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Of almost 30 seahorse species, three are found in the Gulf of Mexico – lined, longsnout, and dwarf – yet none are common.
The male seahorse carries growing young in his belly pouch. During mating, the female places her eggs in his pouch where they are fertilized by his sperm.
To rest and hunt, seahorses curl their tails around items in their habitats – seagrasses, mangroves, coral reefs, and estuaries – all sensitive to pollution and debris. Maintaining healthy environments will help seahorses thrive.