Father’s Day Seahorse Tribute

Let’s all give it up for the male seahorse. He’s the only species on the planet where the male carries the babehs.

Oh yeah, AND he can get knocked up again within 24 hours of giving birf. Schweet!



  1. cathybat says:

    It’s about time that men took some of the responsibility for raising their young! I can’t help feeling that this is a wee bit too much for most males though.

  2. wish I could hug it 🙂

  3. Hon Glad says:

    Cathybat – Yes, I am sincerely grateful it doesn’t apply to the human male.

  4. seahorse are my favorite underwater critters. They’re so–odd. So, happy father’s day, daddy seahorse!

  5. BStrange says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all those with awesome dads. 🙂

    (For the rest of us – Since I can’t wish on them a next life as a male seahorse, I have a dartboard and some scotch tape. Wanna share? 😈 )

  6. chanpon says:

    Seahorsies are awesomely cute. I saw some teeny weeny baby ones in the Baltimore aquarium a few weeks ago. Yay to the aqua-dads.

  7. Queen of Dork says:

    Well, I hope it’s not as painful to male seahorses as it was for me. Ouch, ouch, owieee!!!

  8. Take notes all you baby daddys

  9. And since we’re all curious of how a male seahorse birthing looks like, here’s a video!

  10. chanpon says:

    @Ree — oh spew!

  11. Seahorses are a genus, which has many species. But they’re not the only males to carry offspring. Pipefish are in the same family as seahorses and are a sub-family of many genera, each with many species.

  12. Aaaaaand, Leafy Sea Dragons!

  13. Queen of Dork says:

    Aly: 🙂 Thanks! I’m sorry but I’m just picturing you taking off your nerd glasses and setting your clipboard aside! I mean this in the nicest possible way. You have taught me something I didn’t know (which I love) AND caused me to smile! Thank you!

  14. BStrange says:

    Ree – Ohh, I’ll bet those tickle like a shirtful of caterpillars when they get close to being born!

    I like how he goes right over to (presumably) mama seahorse when it’s all over. “Honey, would you rub my feet?” 😀

  15. BStrange says:

    Theresa – That was gorgeous, thank you! I don’t think I’ve ever seen footage where they weren’t partly backed by plants they blended into. Which shows off their natural knack for camouflage nicely, but makes appreciating their beauty more difficult.

  16. @BStrange, they look like dancers with long flowy thingamabobs on. You know what I mean. 😀

  17. Queen of Dork says:

    Thingamabobs. 🙂 Yay and score!

  18. @QoD, yeah, sure, thingamabobs! You know!

  19. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Your strange mind knocks me out every time. I LOVE it! Okay. I’m going to try to find something equally cool.

  20. BStrange says:

    Thingamabobs = win. 🙂

    Male seahorse with built-in veils for aquatic bellydancing, also a win. Go Nature!

  21. Queen of Dork says:

    Okay, Theresa. I hope this will embed correctly.

  22. BStrange says:

    QoD: Now that… was weird. 😀 I’ve never seen The Brave Little Toaster, but now I kinda want to just to find out what the heck that was all about!

    I see your weirdness and raise you:

  23. BStrange says:

    Theresa gets twice the weird that way. And on that fishy note, time for me to swim away and get groceries.

    *krills on outta heah*

  24. Queen of Dork says:

    BStrange: ‘kay. When you get back you might want to check out The Brave Little Toaster. It’s such a groovalicious movie about these appliances who try to find this kid that they used to live with. It’s quite a strange movie that my daughter turned me on to when she was really little. It’s pretty good.

  25. Holy carp!!!! 😯 😯 😯 😯

  26. BStrange that is the weirdest fish I have ever seen!

  27. Queen of Dork says:

    Zoiks BStrange! That was pretty weird and lovely. For some reason, it reminded me of these guys in this movie. I like the part when he asks him what blood type he is and he says he has no idea. I don’t either.

  28. @QoD, mine is B-Negative! HA! Get it? B-Negative! LOL!

  29. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Hahahah! Mine is A-positively quite red!

  30. puddlepeppers says:

    To Queen of Dork, aka Your Gracious Wierdness–thanks for “The Brave Little
    Toaster.” Loving it.

  31. puddlepeppers says:


  32. Queen of Dork says:

    puddlepeppers! Yay! My daughter and I are getting ready to watch the movie now.

  33. Re: Seahorse giving birf vid

    Burpgackth! Sorry, but that was almost worse than watching the vid of the HUMAN giving birth in 8th-grade science class.

    Sorry, I know (puts hand to mouth to stifle nauseated belch) it’s like the miracle of life and all …

    … bet the babies are cute.

  34. Re: Seahorse birf vid

  35. psychoticfeather says:
  36. I feel like watching “Finding Nemo” again.

  37. You see this is why CO is so awesome. We’ve got koalas commenting on koala posts, and seahorses commenting on seahorse posts!

  38. you are a shining example for us all, sir.

  39. How ’bout male penguins? They take care of the eggs until hatching, too. Seems like the same thing to me.

  40. skippymom says:

    Have you guys seen the movie “Away We Go”? There’s a hilarious scene in which these completely obnoxious people explain about how seahorses have babies, and the phrase “in the seahorse community” is actually used, with great seriousness.

  41. stripey_cat says:

    You do know that they cannibalise their young if they’re starving or stressed? Just recycle the little ones for Daddy’s protein dinner. (Don’t recall if the study was seahorses or pipefish, but I’d be surprised if one could do it and not the other.)

  42. Katrina says:

    Thank you for this whole picture and comment set just wonderful!

  43. Fuzzbutt says:

    Esri Rose, there are a variety of bird species where the male does all or most of the nesting. Male rheas (and/or ostriches, I forget) build their own nest, mate with various females, and will chase them off the nest once they’ve laid. I think male jacanas (also called lily-trotters) do the parenting too. It’s not quite the same. The male seahorse nourishes the eggs with secretions and keeps them oxygenated. They’re the only animals where the male cares for the young inside his body.

    Aly, the pipefishes and sea dragons are part of the same genus. The males of those species carry the eggs externally, along the lower body…. so again, not quite the same.

  44. Fuzzbutt says:

    I realized…. a point of clarification…. some other fish are mouth-brooders, generally the males of those species. That is technically inside the body. I should have written that the seahorses are the only male animals to care for their unborn young inside a specialized part of their body.

  45. Actually, there a quite a number of fish that the males carry the bebehs. Not only pipefish, as pointed out by Aly, but a bunches. there’s a kids book that talks about it. I can’t remember the name now, but when I nannied a little girl a few years ago we read it several times. If I can find it, I’ll post it here.

  46. wintersmith says:

    There’s an amphibious water bug we call “ko-oi-mushi (babies-on-the-back bug)” in Japan—the uncute, Latin name is Diplonychus japonicus. The female (or females) lays the eggs on a male’s back and swims away; the male, grounded for the duration by the load, has the fun job of avoiding predators and making sure the eggs are getting enough oxygen.