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seahorse

Gwenn Seemel
Keeping the little man barefoot and pregnant (Pot-bellied seahorse)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

And sometimes girls aren’t the ones who give birth.

In all species of seahorse, including the pot-bellied seahorse, the female inserts a tube into a hole in the abdomen of the male, depositing her eggs in his pouch.  The male incubates the eggs inside his body and gives birth to live baby seahorses.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.