Many people imagine the sea-horse to be real horse living in the sea. This is not true at
all. The sea-horse is so called because it is a tiny creature with a horse – liked head
which lives in the sea. Sea – horse are found mostly in warm seas.
They have a long, flexible tail which is used for wrapping around weeds for support. They
swim I upright position, their movements being helped by a rapidly oscillating fin on their
back. The male sea – horse lays her eggs in this pouch.
The most remarkable thing about the sea – horse is that part of the process of reproduction
is taken over by the male creature. One the female sea – horse has laid her eggs in the
male creature’s pouch, she leaves. The hatching of the egg is done by the male fish.
Mating begins with the male and the female sea – horses doing courtship dance. The male
and female creatures swim around each other in circles.
At the end of the dance, the male appears to bow to its partner; but in actually, the
male is banding to pump water from his pouch. Next, the female fish lays eggs into the
male’s pouch. About two hundred eggs are laid. The pouch, then close up. The female
sea-horse now swims away, leaving the male sea-horse to do hatching.
The eggs are hatched about a month later. The young sea-horses are ejected from the
male creature’s pouch by means of muscular contractions. The sea – horse feeds on tiny
fish the creatures sucking them into its month.