Pregnant males & horses’ tales

Seahorses have long been held to have magical properties. In ancient Greece,
fishermen who found seahorses washed ashore believed these were the young of the giant stallions that pulled Neptune’s chariots across the waves. The Roman natural historian Pliny stated that ashes of seahorse mixed with tallow and oil of marjoram, and applied to the pate with the bone of cuttlefish, would cure baldness. And in the Orient today, seahorses play a role in traditional medicine (to relieve back pain) and are used as aphrodisiacs.

Vincent, A.C.J. (1989). Pregnant Males and Horses’ Tales. Australian Natural History 23(2):122-129.