A Long Way to Grow
A baby Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) has some growing up to do before reaching its adult size of 12 inches. After the father gives birth to his brood, seahorses are independent from day one. Yes, it's the males that carry and deliver the babies!
One of the largest known species of seahorse, the Pacific seahorse is also the only one found off the California coast. It lives in warmer waters stretching from San Diego Bay south to Peru. You'll find it in our ¡Viva Baja! special exhibition.