Image Gallery: White's Seahorse courtship and mating

This remarkable series of images show a pair of White's Seahorse courting and mating. The images were taken by photographers David and Leanne Atkinson. The fish were photographed in January 2008 at a depth of 8 m at 'The Pipeline', Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales.

The images were taken over a period of 16 minutes. The same behaviour was observed a few days earlier but took place over a shorter time period.

The seahorse pair was first observed at 12:07 pm.