2022 AMI Online Salon

Seahorse Reproduction

Project Detail

  • Entrant Name: Jack Nelson
  • Other Contributors Wes Price 
    Client: Dr. Stephen Nimrod, a research scientist at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) at St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies and a professor within the Biology, Ecology and Conservation Department of the School of Arts and
  • Copyright: Jack Nelson, St. George’s University, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Maxon Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Redshift, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Video embedded within a Power Point lecture presentation
  • Primary Audience: Undergraduate students enrolled in the Marine Biology course at a Caribbean University

Project Description

This project is one of an ongoing collaborative effort between the Biology, Ecology and Conservation Department and the biomedical visualization team at a Caribbean University to provide realistic depictions of Caribbean aquatic life to students using digital 3D technologies. Traditionally, the study of biological creatures has often required the observation of specimens that are taken from nature. To avoid the removal of live specimens, this animation allows students to learn about anatomy and the process of reproduction without having to disturb or remove animals from their natural habitat. The focus of this animation centers on the unique process of seahorse reproduction. A mating pair of Lined Seahorse’s (Hippocampus erectus) were created to be as realistic as possible, just as they are seen on Caribbean reefs local to the area. The colors of the environment and seahorses are intentionally muted to give an accurate depiction of light absorption at the depth they inhabit. Seahorses are an excellent example of non-traditional gender roles, with the males being one of the only animals in existence to give birth to offspring. Following this theme, the traditional color scheme used to denote male and female, blue and pink, was avoided. Instead, the female is highlighted as blue, and the male highlighted as orange, which were picked due to being complementary and contrasting well with one another.