In case you live in the area and have not been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in a while, now is a great time to visit. With much less crowds, you can relax, take in the beauty of the exhibits, get inspired and take pictures of your favorite creatures with ease.
Also, it is a good opportunity to check out the fascinating exhibit, The Secret Lives of Seahorses, which will be closing in August this year.
I posted an article about seahorses and our visit to the aquarium with our grandsons last year (click here to view).
And yes, there really are males in the animal kingdom who become pregnant and give birth. It’s the extraordinary seahorse!
Seahorses, sea dragons, pipehorses and pipefishes come in many shapes and sizes, but beneath the surface they’re all fish, with fused jaws and bony plates in place of the scales normally associated with fish.
Perhaps what most distinguishes seahorses from the rest of the animal kingdom is their unique life history—the males become pregnant and give birth. Seahorse fathers shelter their young in protective pouches, while sea dragon and pipefish fathers carry their young on spongy patches on the undersides of their tails.
And on a related topic, I recently learned about blogger Alex Pronove— who returned to the Philippines and now lives in the Palawan area, and writes about “discovering my new island home”. Check out his informative post on sea dragons (and seahorses) and the supply chain and market here – or click on his photo below.