Jun 172008
 

cnn.com image of Atlanta Aquarium’s rare pregnant (male) Weedy Sea Dragon

Thomas Beatie, the pregnant man of international fame, is not the only male preparing to give birth!  Congrats to the Atlanta Aquarium, as one of their rare Weedy Sea Dragons is also with child, or rather, with eggs.  Sea Dragon males receive the eggs from the female during an intimate water dance in which the couple swims vertically while holding each other.  The men then carry the eggs to term.  Once hatched the young are on their own, and do not need parenting.  Luckily, Thomas is looking forward to being a very active dad, unlike our Sea Dragon.  However, Sea Dragons rarely become pregnant in captivity (only thrice, so far), so it’s a very exciting event!  Just when you think something unnatural has happened, nature goes and proves that she thought of it first.  Congrats to all the pregnant dads of the world, then!

cnn.com article on pregnant male Sea Dragon – here

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