Seahorse Date Night

Many people don’t realize that seahorses mate for life, or that mated pairs show affection toward one another.

14I16 mating behavior

Ghillie and Ceti spend much of the day in separate parts of the tank. Ghillie is timid and likes to hide, while Ceti likes to explore and hunt for little crustaceans in the rocks.

14I16 seahorses (separated)

In the evenings, however, they often spend time together, “holding tails” or swimming side by side.

14I16 seahorses together

They also come together at meal times, and not only because of the food. They seem to enjoy one another’s company–and Ghillie becomes less shy in Ceti’s presence, both because of his urge to impress her and (I think) because he enjoys being near her.

14I16 Ghillie and Ceti

Did you know that seahorses form a bond with their mates? Does it surprise you that they show affection?