Sex sells. Everything. Cars. Cosmetics. Hamburgers. Seahorses.
Ads touting a new seahorse exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium started cropping up some time ago (the exhibit opened on April 6 and will run until 2012.) But it wasn't until a friend who was traveling on BART spotted one of the ads that I realized how bizarre they are. “Have you seen these?” She asked. “They're creepy. They made personal ads for the seahorses.”
A visit to the aquarium's Web site confirms this observation. Different species of the animals have been granted human names and drafted appeals for mates. Ken Kuda, is “eternally single” and “looking for love.” Eartha Excises thinks that “Men should not only be pregnant, they should clean my house.” Wade Witei thinks that “Men should be pregnant. Constantly.”
Erm. Okay. We get it. Kind of. The girl seahorses put their eggs in the boy seahorses who fertilize them, carry them, and spew them out. Nature! It will do what it wants!