World’s Best Father in Animal World – Seahorse

Tomorrow is Father’s day and this post is dedicated to the best father of the animal world. Of the many nominations like Red Fox, Primates, Barking Frogs, Phalarope a kind of sandpiper bird, Giant Water Bugs, the winner is Seahorse.

Seahorse is the best mimicking mom in animal world. It is reputed to get pregnant by the female seahorse which lays 1000 eggs in to the male’s sac. The male seahorse then fertilizes them, incubates them till they hatch and spring off and latch on to nearby grasses. The male seahorse is known to eat few of its offspring too sometimes; negative characters exist in every species.

When I saw a couple of them in the Underwater world in Singapore, I was excited. Photographing them was not an easy job, they were always in a move and in dim light the captures were not very sharp. It was interesting watching them curl their tails around the leaves, their movement in an up and down zigzag manner. I got to see its exotic cousin, the Leafy Seahorse.

In the recent years it has found itself to be in the endangered animals list, as it is used widely in Chinese herbology and as a cure by many ethnic tribes. They look so beautiful and graceful; I fail to understand how anyone can have the heart to kill them.

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27 Responses

  1. Hazel says:

    And I love the visual depiction! As I do your other pictures.

    Hi Indrani, thanks for dropping by at my nook while I was away. I appreciate it.

  2. Snap says:

    What a wonderful post for Father's Day! Beautiful shots!

  3. Denise says:

    This is a great post Indrani. Thank you very much for giving such interesting information on the Seahorse and your photos were also very enjoyable.

    I took a photo of a momma raccoon investigating my bird feeders. If you have the time to stop by, my post is right here,

  4. Nice one – with nice pictures

  5. Tink *~*~* says:

    Quite a collection of these and "sea dragons" up at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa – love to look at them clinging to the tall sea grasses.

    Tink *~*~*

  6. Sharodindu says:

    with this post u are simply making life more difficult for some gentlemen… 😉

  7. Dianne says:

    they are beautiful and unusual
    your shots are wonderful

  8. Ishtar says:

    What a lovely creature!!!

  9. slommler says:

    Beautiful photos!! Yes why would they kill these graceful creatures. Sheesh!!

  10. siromade08 says:

    It's a wonderful photo you've captured, lovely post for a father's day. Beautiful photos.

  11. siromade08 says:

    It's a wonderful photo you've captured, lovely post for a father's day. Beautiful photos.

  12. Oh No!!! Didn't know its gone into the endangered list!!! So sad!!!

    Gandhi Smriti
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  13. ladyfi says:

    What amazing creatures – and so pretty!

  14. Karine says:

    A great Fathers Day post about a great critter :o)

  15. YOSEE says:

    Very apt !
    Have studied about this Fab Father in college.
    Lovely photos.

  16. They are so beautiful and to see them closeup in your photos is just wonderful. What amazing creatures.

  17. Thanks for sharing this info. Enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.

  18. Sorcerer says:

    beautifully written and wonderful way to convey a message for fathers day!

  19. Divya says:

    Daddy cool !

    nice pics !

  20. Willard says:

    Exceptionally beautiful photographs!

  21. EG Wow says:

    How sad the leafy seahorses are endangered! They look very magical so I can sort of see why they'd be used in herbology. It's a shame though.

  22. He is an awesome dude!

  23. CherylK says:

    These photos are just exquisite, Indrini and I really enjoyed learning about the seahorses. Huge congratulations on receiving Hilary's POTW award. It's easy to see why she chose this post.

  24. What wonderful, vivid pictures! And I learned a thing or two about seahorses, too. Delight and expansion all in one post 🙂 Congratulations on the post of the week mention over at Hilary's blog.

    By the way, the best parents in the animal world are often said to be wolves, if you can believe that, and hyenas too. So much for "raised by wolves" as an indicator of ones upbringing.

    Apparently both wolves and hyenas essentially have daycare 🙂 Really.

  25. Maggie May says:

    I just love sea horses and think it is marvellous the way the male/female roles seem to be in reverse of most living creatures that we know.
    Congrats on POTW!
    Msggie X

    Nuts in May

  26. gaelikaa says:

    What an amazing species, and what amazing pictures. I had no real idea about these animals before.

    Congratulations on your POTW mention.

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