NATIONAL BREEDING PROGRAMME


Task:   To supply Seahorses to the network and other aquariums.

Purpose:

To minimise the number of Seahorses taken from the wild.

Aid sustainability of wild Seahorse stocks.



REPRODUCTION

Surprisingly, male Seahorses care for the eggs prior to their hatchings.


PROCESS OF REPRODUCTION

The female produces eggs, and whilst they are wrapped around each other in courtship, the female deposits the eggs into the male´s breeding pouch. The eggs are then fertilised in the pouch by the male. The pair then perform a mating dance each morning for 6 - 10 weeks, until the male gives birth. At birth, the babies measure between 6 - 12mm some Seahorses produce up to 1500 babies.


SURVIVAL RATES OF BABY SEAHORSES

In the natural environment less than 5% survive to adulthood. In SEA LIFE breeding programmes survival is more than 80%. After the young are born, they can live on their own from day one. They feed on small aquatic insects such as artemia and plankton. Seahorse couples pair for life.

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