"A male that gets pregnant"
The Pacific Seahorse has an unique
reproduction cycle. Instead of the female carrying around the eggs, the male
carries the eggs around in a pouch. The mating ritual starts out by the male
dancing around the female; he produces clicking sounds with his skull as the
female and male start to change their vibrant colors. (To watch a video on a
The actual mating occurs when the female points
her tail down and her nose up
toward the surface, the male pulls his tail back and propels water in
and out of a pouch that is located on his belly. Once the pouch is cleaned, the
male swims close to the female and they face belly-to-belly to interlock one
another. This is when the female puts her ovipositor (a tube that places large
sticky eggs) into the maleís pouch. The male releases sperm inside the pouch to
fertilize the eggs.
Picture above taken by Clay Bryce