In the seahorse world the males carry the eggs! The male seahorse is equipped with a pouch on the ventral side of the tail. When mating, the female deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male’s pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small. Once the young are released into the water, the male’s role is done and he offers no further care to the babies.