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'Sexed-up' seahorses are split up
The split up seahorses
The seahorses have been kept in adjacent tanks
Two amorous seahorses have been separated on the eve of Valentine's Day because they are having too many babies.

The frisky pair have sired about 300 offspring in the past two months.

Now staff at Birmingham Sea Life Centre have separated them because they do not have enough room for all the young.

But the seahorses have not split up entirely - they have been kept in adjacent tanks so the male does not pine for his mate.

Louise Stevens, from the Sea Life Centre, said it would try to keep as many of the baby seahorses as possible but would give the remainder to other aquatic centres.

Seahorses are unusual in that the female places her eggs in the male's pouch where he then fertilises them and four weeks later gives birth.

Ms Stevens said the pair were prolifically fertile creatures.

"Once they've given birth - on that same day they can actually get pregnant again so it's a constant cycle."

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