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Definitive Proof Seahorses Are the Most Romantic Animals in the Ocean

Whether you want to impress your crush or revitalize a long-term relationship, you'll want to take a cue from seahorses, the masters of romance.


Whether you're looking to impress your crush or you want to revitalize a long-term relationship, you'll want to take a cue from the seahorse. Seahorses are the most romantic animals in the ocean. Let's look at why.

 

1. They mate for life.

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Some species of seahorse mate for life, a behavior that's very rare among fish. Even if they do not mate for life, seahorse couples will often stay together throughout multiple pregnancies.

 

2. They dance every morning.

In preparation for their mating ritual, seahorse couples will dance together every morning. They move together while holding onto each other's tails. They often change colors together while dancing.

 

3. The mating dance lasts eight hours.

When the big day finally comes, seahorse couples may dance together for a full eight hours. That's a feat that requires some serious stamina and commitment.

 

4. Males carry the babies.

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Male seahorses might be the most dedicated dads in the animal kingdom — because they are actually the ones that get pregnant. Seahorses' eight-hour courtship dance ends with the female depositing her eggs into the male's brood pouch. The eggs are fertilized in the pouch, where they will develop for 10 to 25 days, depending on the species of seahorse.

 

5. Seahorses have a morning greeting ritual.

During the male's pregnancy, seahorse couples will meet every morning for a greeting ritual. They dance together for several minutes, strengthening their bond. This daily bonding ritual may be a way of preparing for the next pregnancy.

 

6. They get pregnant again right away.

OK, so not everyone would consider this romantic. But it's pretty impressive. In many seahorse species, the males are capable of getting pregnant again immediately after they give birth. As soon as the male pushes out all the tiny babies (shown in the video above), the female is ready to deposit more eggs into the male's brood pouch. Some male seahorses can give birth in the morning and be pregnant again by the evening.

 

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