Father's Day is coming up in just over a month, on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Wow your dad with fun facts about marine fathers with our fun list of fishy facts!
In some species of fish, such as seahorses and pipefish, it is the male who carries the eggs in a special pouch until they hatch. The female lays her eggs in the male's brood pouch. The father-to-be releases sperm into the pouch to fertilize the eggs. He carries them until they are ready to hatch.
- Prospective Bluegill Sunfish fathers practice three different strategies to find a mate. Large males make and protect nests and eggs; mid-sized fish mimic the look of females in order to join a spawning pair under false pretenses; and small males perform a kind of sperm-release-and-dash when they find a spawning pair.
After fertilization, male Banggai Cardinalfish carry their eggs in their mouths! Brooding takes about 30 days, and during that time the father-to-be will refrain from eating! bhave been observed swallowing and holding their eggs in their mouth until they hatch. They will spit out the baby fish once they are big enough to survive on their own.
In many cases when there is parental care in fish species, it is the father that cares for the nest, eggs, and/or young. Another example of this is found in the popular Clownfish, where it is the male fish that cares for the eggs by fanning them and keeping them safe.
However you'll be celebrating Father's Day, we hope these fun facts about fishy fathers brought you some joy and maybe helped spark some interesting conversations!