Intriguing

18th November 2022 Beena

 

Hello everyone😊😊. I am excited to discuss this painting. I love watercolour, so don’t get me wrongπŸ˜‰. I have posted acrylic paintings on this website. This time I painted this at home. I found this new “ingredient” called liquid medium and gel. Using this, I was able to paint this seahorse.

 

I have always found seahorses intriguing. There is some magic when you watch them in aquariums. You feel peaceful as they remain very still, unlike other sea creatures. But that’s where our misconception endsπŸ™„.

 

Male seahorses give birth to young ones. The female deposits up to 2500 eggs in the brood pouchπŸ€”πŸ˜¨. That is much work for the femaleπŸ˜’and the male provides the right environment, like the saline sea water, and nutrients like lipids and calcium for strong bones. When the time is ripe, he then discharges them into the water. As seahorses swim vertically, they end to harbour around corals and seagrass. So in that protected environment, about 0.5% of the fry will survive🀣🀣.

 

We have read about monogamy in seahorses. Well, that is another myth. They have a long courtship and, during the whole time the male is carrying the eggs, the female visits him daily for “morning greetings”😍😍😍. Oh, many have wondered why the males carry the eggs. Well, it is less taxingπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. Producing the eggs take up more energy, πŸ™„πŸ˜’πŸ˜’.

 

They are getting to be extinct due to human behaviour. The loss of corals and dietary and medicinal use has led to a vast reduction in their population.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I learnt so much more πŸ™πŸ˜Š. Please add your comments, as I would love to learn something newπŸ™πŸ™.

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