Seahorses in Arava

Seahorses in Arava400 new offspring were recently born in the Seahorses breeding project funded by ICA in Moshav Hatzeva.

Seahorses are truly unique, and not just because of their unusual equine shape. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. Rarer still, they are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young.
Male seahorses are equipped with a brood pouch on their ventral, or front-facing, side. When mating, the female deposits her eggs into his pouch, and the male fertilizes them internally. He carries the eggs in his pouch until they hatch, then releases fully formed, miniature seahorses into the water.

ICA approved funding for this project in RSF (Red Sea Farms) facility in Moshav Hatzeva that been breeding marine ornamental fish in the last 4 years.
Seahorses are protected species under U.N CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

This project is unique because there are only few farms in the world that are breeding seahorses in captivity, and by starting this project, we will reduce the capture of seahorses in the wild.

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