- Endangered White's seahorse welcomed a brood at a Sydney aquarium
- Video shows the father convulsing as its young emerge from its pouch
- Part of a breeding programme designed to combat declining numbers A fascinating video captures a male seahorse giving birth to some of his 100 offspring.
The White's seahorse welcomed its young, each the size of a grain of rice, in its tank at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium last month.
The video, which shows the herd emerging from the father's pouch as he convulses in the water, has gone viral after it was shared online, with one user commenting on the 'fantastic' breeding programme.
Another joked: 'Well done, Mr Seahorse! So glad that doesn't happen when I sneeze.' While a woman added: 'Makes childbirth look easy! Can't see what all the fuss is about.'The offspring, known collectively as a herd, were born over several days, with a few dozen arriving just before New Year's Eve.
It is the latest success in a breeding programme designed to counteract declining numbers of the White's seahorse, which is an endangered species.
Wild seahorses from the Sydney suburb of Clifton Gardens were moved to the aquarium where they later gave birth to hundreds of babies.
The baby seahorses were released in May 2020 to artificial environments known as 'seahorse hotels' that have been built at Clifton Gardens. This year marks the second year of the project.
Seahorse expert Mitchell Brennan told Australia's 9News: 'We took learnings from our first year of breeding and made changes to the facility, food source and their husbandry routine to develop a more streamlined and efficient program.
'We believe this may have contributed to such a positive start to the season.'