Skegness Natureland has announced the successful birth of seahorses.
During the process the female transfers the eggs to the males pouch where he fertilises them and then the male looks after them until he gives birth to the live young after about three weeks.
The number of eggs/young vary depending on the size of seahorse but it is not unusual for 200+ seahorses to be born from one batch of eggs.
Baby seahorses, which are only a few millimetres long, are known as fry.
They spend the first two to three weeks of their lives drifting along in the plankton layer of the ocean. Less than one in a thousand will survive long enough to become an adult due to predators.
At Natureland the baby seahorses are initially fed on freshly hatched brine shrimp before being weaned onto larger food as they get bigger.
Once they are big enough they are transferred to the display tank in Natureland’s aquarium.
Duncan Yeadon, from Natureland, said “We are delighted that all the research that we have done over years is paying off and, through the dedication of our aquarium staff, we are now on our fourth generation of breeding seahorses.”