Happy Father’s Day!

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Being a great Dad is not exclusively a human thing. Consider these three critters: the Seahorse, the Emperor Penguin, and the Giant Water Bug. All great Dads in their own special way. After an egg is laid, the male Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forester) incubates the egg while the female goes to look for food. The pair help raise the chick together. The male Seahorse (Hippocampus sp.) has a pouch where the female deposits her eggs after mating. The male carries the eggs until they hatch releasing tiny, fully developed sea ponies (just joking but it would be awesome if they were called sea ponies). The male Giant Water Bug (family Belostomatidae) carries fertilized eggs post-mating on it’s wings until they hatch. These are just a few examples of awesome Dads in the animal kingdom. This makes me think about Ronald Fisher’s theories on parental care or parental investment but I will save that one for another day. For now give your Dad a hug and some Old Spice soap on a rope (what every Dad needs in his life).

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