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A Great Year for Seahorses at Allwetterzoo Münster

Allwetterzoo Münster has had a very successful crop of Long-snouted Seahorses this summer. About 400 juveniles have been born since May—from just eight parental pairs! Seahorses are unusual among fish because pairs remain monogamous for a whole breeding season, and sometimes for life. Even more unexpected, it is the male who incubates and gives birth to the young.

Learn more about these fascinating creatures today atZooBorns

I know this is late for the merpeople AU but I just had to draw this cause 1. mermaids 2. sasuhina and 3. I can not erase from my mind the idea that merpeople have babies like seahorses which is SO HILARIOUS. 

CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE ALL THE PLEADING A MERMAID WOULD HAVE TO DO TO GET THE MERMEN TO GO THROUGH WITH IT?!

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes male seahorses who, after a few weeks of pregnancy, give dramatic birth to up to 2000 teeny-weeny seahorses babies (also known as fry), who burst out of their patient papa’s belly pouch. Male pregnancy is an uncommon characteristic in the animal kingdom, occuring only in members of the Syngnathidae family (seahorses and pipefish).

National Geographic recently shared this fascinating video of a seahorse giving birth to countless tiny but fully-formed babies. They look like miniature seahorse confetti, making their simultaneous birth also their very own baby shower:

Photo by Rudie Kuiter, Aquatic Photographics

[via mental_floss and LiveScience]