Seahorses are thought to be the only animal species in which the males bear their young. The female seahorse deposits her eggs into a pouch located on the front of the male, where he then internally fertilizes them. The male then stores the fertilized eggs in his pouch for about two to four weeks until they hatch and he squeezes them from his pouch. The freshly hatched baby seahorses then go directly from their father’s pouch to being released to swimming in the water. Male seahorses generally bear from 100 to 200 babies at a time, but can bear thousands at a time.
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