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Sexy Little Sea Horses

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

Check out the sexy little seahorses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We could learn a lot about romance from them. Seahorses court with color changes and synchronized swims, often holding tails and slow dancing for hours. When they’re ready to make the big commitment, they release their hold on the sea grasses that anchor them and rise upward, nose-to-nose, in elegant spirals. The courtship doesn’t end with parenthood either. Did you know it’s the male seahorse that carries the eggs in his pouch? The newly slim female swims away, but she returns to visit her guy every day and the romance continues. Colors changing, they whirl around holding tails in their very own version of a Viennese waltz. In 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the species, the male releases the oh-so-fragile fry. They drift away on the current, hopefully to mature and find their own dance partners one day.