Seahorses celebrate Father's Day

Seahorses celebrate Father's Day
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Why should we celebrate the ocean's most fascinating fathers?

Seahorses face habitat destruction and are at threat from overfishing, and general ocean degradation.

They're named for the shape of their head and are part of the Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium family.

New Zealand waters are home to just one species, and believe it or not, they're one of the most successful predators on the planet.

In calm conditions, they successfully catch their prey 90 percent of the time, Kelly Tarlton's Auckland spokeswoman Madeline Seaman said.

As far as protecting themselves, they also have the ability to camouflage.

There are about 45 species of seahorses in the world, eight of which are considered threatened.

Since it's Father's Day this weekend, it seems fitting that fathers of the ocean are also celebrated, right?

They're known as the fathers of the ocean due to the fact they actually give birth. Seaman said they can produce as many as 100-1000 babies in one go.

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's is letting dad's in free all weekend with the purchase of a full-price ticket.

The most magnificent seahorses in the world will be on display, so why not get up close and personal with the colourful critters?