An Australian marine biologist had what she described as a “once in a lifetime” experience when she happened upon “thousands” of baby seahorses while diving in Blairgowrie, Victoria, on November 18.
Footage by Sheree Marris shows her encounter “a thick wall” of seahorse babies not far below the ocean’s surface.
Marris noted that seahorses are one of the few species where the father carries the babies, writing, “A BUNCH OF BLOKES GIVE BIRTH AT THE SAME TIME. THE RESULTS ARE PHENOMENAL.”
After a female seahorse drops her eggs into the “brood pouch” of a male seahorse, he then fertilizes the eggs and carries them until they are ready to be born. The male seahorse then gives birth to over one thousand babies at once.
Once a father gives birth, he leaves his offspring to fend for themselves as they try to find a piece of sea grass or coral to attach themselves to, using their tails.
“These stallions of the sea took my breath away,” Marris told Storyful, as she described the experience as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Credit: Sheree Marris via Storyful