Sea Maidens, by Thomas Bromley Blacklock
We may just be in a Valentine’s Day mindset, but don’t these intertwined seahorses look just like a heart?
Most wild seahorses (here the thorny seahorse Hippocampus histrix) are monogamous and some species mate for life. Searching for mates can be difficult and risky since seahorses are poor swimmers, found in low densities and rely on camouflage to hide from predators. By remaining faithful to one partner, the pairs have more time to undergo more pregnancies during a single mating season and, ultimately, have greater reproductive success. The pair-bonds of monogamous seahorses are reinforced by daily greetings. Find out 10 things you never knew about seahorses in our slideshow.
Moccasin, 2 August 1890
Detroit Publishing Company photograph collection
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
“ February 14, 1942 ” … New Yorker Cover by Artist: Julian de Miskey
“For a Sailor ashore in February, it is time to mail Valentines to all the girls in all the ports !! ” …… Sailor Gil
“ West India Dock – 1971 “ … London, Photographer: David Granick
It is Born by Pablo Neruda
Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning.
“ Jack Benny – U S Navy “ … World War I