Under the sea, there are plenty of kooky creatures lurking about. One of these creatures are seahorses. There are approximately 46 species of seahorses, which live primarily in seagrass beds, coral reefs, estuaries and mangroves. They're found in both the Pacific and Atlanta oceans, with the latter being found from Nova Scotia to Uruguay. Seahorses range in size from 5/8ths of an inch to 14 inches long. They were given the name seahorse because of their neck and head's resemblance to a horse. Unlike many other fish, seahorses don't have scales, instead their skin is pulled over their skeleton, which forms in rings around their body.
One of the most fascinating things about seahorses is the way they reproduce. Before mating, the male seahorse will court the female by changing colors, swimming side by side and holding tails. The true courtship dance lasts approximately 8 hours, in which the male inflates his pouch to show it's emptiness. After mating, the female seahorse will deposit up to 1,500 eggs into the male's pouch. All male seahorses have a pouch, which is located on the front of their tail. The males carry the eggs in their pouch for 9 to 45 days (depending on the species) until the baby seahorses emerge into the water.
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