In nature, the development of the fetus, the birth of the child, the upbringing of the child is done by the mothers. And that seems seemingly normal. Although there are many creatures in the world whose male race cannot give birth to children, they are ahead of mothers in raising children. But there is no shortage of diversity in the world. Some animals seem to move in the opposite direction of the laws of nature, such as the Sea Horse, whose male race is capable of producing offspring.
The name of the animal is Sea Horse or Hippocampus. It is found in the shallow seas of tropical and subtropical regions. The word hippocampus comes from the Greek word hippokampos. Hippos means horse and kampos means sea monster. The face and neck of a sea horse are like a horse. The posture of standing with one’s head held high, the crooked tail with the ability to grasp, makes one feel honored. But it cannot be called a sea-horse or a horse-horse. Because, he is already sitting with the name Walrus.
Sea Horse is a marine fish!
The Sea Horse is a vertebrate belonging to the Actinopterygii family. They are called fish because they breathe through the canoes just like fish. So if you wish, you can call the sea horse a horse-fish, even if it does not match with the fish. They have four fins. One on the back of the long tail, one just below the abdomen, the other two on either side of the jaw. The sea horse can flutter its wings 50 times per second. Although it has fins, the sea horse cannot move as fast as other fish due to structural reasons.
Seahorses are bony fish, but they have no scales. Instead, there are strong rings of bones covered with skin covering the body. The number of these rings is different in each species of sea horse. There are about 47 species of seahorses in the world. The largest species of seahorse is the Hippocampus Abdominalis, about a foot long. The smallest species of seahorse is called the Hippocampus Satomie, which is only half an inch long. Sea horses usually live for 1 to 5 years in the natural environment.
There is love in the life of sea horses
Throughout the breeding season, the male spends his horse with a lover. They are very timid. There is fear all the time. Realizing this, someone ate it. Can’t even swim well. As a result, it is difficult to find a mate. So C Horsera is loyal to his partner. Can give birth to many more cubs during the breeding season. They caress each other by making rules every day. Sohag says she caresses, dances, changes colors. Before parting for the rest of the day, they even took a little walk together, rubbing their cheeks.
The love affair goes on before intercourse. The Sea Horse couple had a love affair for several days before the reunion. Scientists believe that in this pre-mating season, the sperm and eggs of the male and female seahorses are well nourished. During this time their body color tends to change frequently. They grab each other’s tails and swim in the water as well. It’s as if the lover has gone out on an evening walk holding hands. Sometimes they hold the same grass under the water and caress each other in a dance pose. This love affair lasted for about eight hours before the reunion. During this time, the male seahorse cleans the sac by inserting water into the brood pouch. That she must conceive.
Then comes that special moments
The Sea Horse couple anchors themselves by grabbing the same grass. Then intercourse begins by twisting each other. Both bodies vibrated. The woman inserts her ‘ovipositor’ tube into the man’s ‘brood pouch’. In just 7 seconds, the female seahorse pours her entire egg into the man’s pouch. Inside the bag is sea water. The man then releases the sperm into the water.
The ovum fuses with the sperm. The embryo is created. The body of the female sea horse is slim and the stomach of the male sea horse is swollen. Thinking that the work is over, this time his wife C. Horse will enjoy eating and walking for a while. No, wife C. Horse does not leave her partner. Not even in foreign affairs. Rather waiting when her male partner will give birth. Love will return to their lives. Once reunited, they never leave each other.
Men will conceive
Male seahorses are 9 to 45 days pregnant, depending on the species. The male takes in 33% more oxygen during pregnancy. Eats more food. During the man’s pregnancy, the female sea horse comes to see her male partner once every morning. She caresses, finds food and lets the man eat. The male seahorse moves very carefully with the eggs in the bag. Spend most of the day and night sitting on an aquatic plant or rock.
Puppies growing inside the bag so that there is no trouble. Seahorse chicks continue to grow with the necessary nutrients and oxygen from the male body. Father C. Horse’s abdomen continues to grow.
When the baby seahorse in the brood pouch becomes suitable for delivery, the male seahorse gives birth. Depending on the species, the males give birth to 100 to 1000 offspring. In the interest of the safety of the offspring, the male gives birth to a sea horse in the dark of night. However, only 0-0.5% of the C-horses that give birth can be adults. The predators, the currents of water, the warmth take away the lifespan of the rest of the baby sea horses.
When the man thinks of letting the cubs out of the water and letting out a little breath, his companion hiding behind the grass comes forward wagging his tail. The man may say in his mind, again! But since she is an obedient husband, she has to start all over again to avoid the grief of her forehead. Because the man knows, love is sweet, sometimes far away.
According to the published research paper, males are able to give birth to pipefish, the closest species of seahorse. In this case, MHC II plays the role of a helper gene, so that the body’s immune system does not consider their embryos to be foreign or unwanted harmful substances. The exclusion of certain genes in pipefish is the reason for such reproductive capacity.
However, a mutated gene called CD74 is responsible for this heterogeneous reproductive process. However, scientists are hopeful that the patriarchal reproductive system will open new doors in the study of genetics.
Some surprising information
● Horses can make noise. Just as we hear the sound of scooters or motorbikes turning our lips when we are children, sea horses make the same sound under the water. Time to eat and love.
● Seahorse is the only species of fish that can catch anything with its tail.
● Sea horses change color like chameleons. To attract time or partner in self-defense.
● There is no stomach in the body of a sea horse. Since they do not have a stomach, food is digested very quickly and reaches the cells. As a result, sea horses have to eat frequently. Tiny shrimp are their favorite food.