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  • The seahorse, while a fish, doesn't exactly look or act like one.

    同樣身為魚類,海馬看起來和行動起來卻一點也不像其中一員

  • They have a prehensile tail that can grab vegetation, a tube-shaped mouth for sucking

    他們有一條善於抓握的尾巴,能夠攀住植物,和用來吸食的管狀口器

  • up food, and when they have sex, it's the male that gets pregnant.

    並且當他們交配時,懷孕的卻是雄性

  • While male pregnancy in seahorses is fairly unique in the animal kingdom, their mating

    在動物界,公海馬懷孕這件事聽來或許非常獨特,不過他們的求偶儀式

  • ritual might sound familiar.

    卻挺一般

  • They like to break the ice, by doing some dancing.

    他們透過跳舞來搭訕彼此

  • Seahorses will dance with each other for days, wrapping their tails around one another,

    海馬會和彼此跳舞持續幾天,尾巴纏繞著彼此

  • and even changing colors in the process.

    甚至在過程中還會變色

  • This allows the couple to reinforce their bond and assess one another's reproductive ability.

    伴侶藉此加強彼此之間的情感鏈接,同時評估彼此的生殖能力

  • It also might help synchronize their movements for what comes next.

    這或許也能幫助他們更順利地進行下一步驟

  • The reproductive role-reversal is made possible in part by the male's brood pouch.

    生殖角色的倒轉之所以能夠施行,歸功於雄性的育雛袋

  • The male will extend this pouch to impress his dance partner.

    雄性會伸展他的育雛袋來迷倒他的舞伴

  • The female seahorse will then deposit her eggs into the pouch using a protrusion from

    接著,母海馬會透過位於她身軀底部突出的產卵管

  • the bottom of her torso called an ovipositor.

    將卵放進育雛袋裡

  • Once the eggs are with the male, he will fertilize them with his sperm, ensuring that he is,

    一旦卵進到雄性的體內,他就用精子使他們受精,確保他是個

  • in fact, the father.

    堂堂正正的父親

  • His work isn't done there, however.

    然而他的工作還沒完

  • The brood pouch is more than just a flap of skin to hold eggs in.

    育雛袋不僅僅只是一個拿來放卵的扁平皮囊

  • During pregnancy, the male seahorse keeps blood flowing around the embryos, controls

    在懷孕期間,公海馬會保持胚胎周圍的血液流暢

  • the salinity of the environment, and provides oxygen and nutrition to offspring.

    控管環境的鹽分含量,並且提供給胎兒氧氣和營養

  • When it's time to birth his young, the male seahorse expels the newborn seahorses from

    當小傢伙誕生的時刻來臨,公海馬肌肉收縮

  • his pouch using muscle contractions.

    將新生海馬擠噴射出育雛袋

  • There can be as many as 2,000 offspring, known "fry", but many don't make it to adulthood.

    這群後代的數量可以高達兩千隻,他們就是所謂的魚苗,不過多數無法撐到成年期

  • Newborn seahorses are left on their own once out of the brood pouch, and most die from

    一旦出了育雛袋,新生海馬一切都只能靠自己

  • predators or being whisked away by ocean currents.

    其中多數會死於被捕食,或是被海流捲走

  • Less than 5 in every thousand will survive.

    每千隻中只有少於五隻能夠存活

  • Meanwhile, the parents are right back to their mating ritual.

    這時候,海馬爸媽都已經重回交配儀式

  • While the male seahorse has been busy being Mr. Mom,

    當公海馬忙著當個媽媽的時候

  • there are female seahorses with more eggs that are ready to be deposited.

    還有母海馬等著產下更多的卵

  • Some male seahorses can give birth in the morning and be pregnant by the end of the day.

    有些公海馬能夠早上生產完,當天結束前就再度懷孕

  • Back to the dance floor, Mr. Seahorse.

    再接再厲吧,海馬先生

  • Back to the dance floor.

    再接再厲

  • For more videos about animal dads, check out this playlist from our friends at the Dodo.

    想看更多有關動物父親的影片,點選查看我們朋友播放欄裡的渡渡鳥影片

  • Don't forget to subscribe, and keep coming back to Seeker for more videos.

    別忘了訂閱,觀賞更多 Seeker 的影片

The seahorse, while a fish, doesn't exactly look or act like one.

同樣身為魚類,海馬看起來和行動起來卻一點也不像其中一員

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雄海馬奇妙的性之旅 (The Strange Sexual Journey of the Male Seahorse)

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    swingguppy 發佈於 2018 年 04 月 19 日
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