There is something fishy going on at the Bait House Aquarium in Island Bay, where male seahorses are preparing to give birth.
Warmer water temperatures have led to some spring loving, Island Bay Marine Education Centre programme manager Julian Hodge said.
"The males have been displaying their pouches, trying to entice the females to choose them as the best place to lay their eggs. Three of the males look to be 'pregnant' and should start giving birth in the next few days."
The seahorse is the only animal where the female deposits her eggs into the male's pouch for gestation.
Male seahorses give birth to up to 500 babies.
Triplefin fish were also breeding "flat out", Mr Hodge said.
The female triplefin lays her eggs in little nooks and crannies and swims off leaving the male to fertilise and guard the eggs. Some of the eggs have just reached the stage where the eyes of the juvenile fish are becoming visible.
This breeding success comes soon after the Island Bay Marine Education Centre won the community organisation award in the Heritage and Environment section at the recent ceremony held in the Town Hall.
"This confirms that we are doing good work educating and engaging the community," Hodge said.
"During 2012 we have been opening every Sunday, and this makes us much more accessible to the people of Wellington and their visitors."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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