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Coastal Horses...Seahorses, that is!

SeaHorseSeahorses can be found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world...but did you know?

There are nearly 50 species of seahorse.  They prefer to live in sheltered areas such as seagrass beds, coral reefs, or mangroves. Seahorses are truly unique. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. Also, they are among the only animal on Earth in which the male bears the children.

Because of their body shape, seahorses are rather poor swimmers and can easily die of exhaustion when caught in a storm. They get around by the small fin on their back which can flutter up to 35 times per second.

Seahorses are measured out to be not much bigger than a tea cup. They also do not have teeth and no stomach, so they must consistently eat to stay alive. They really are unique creatures, aren't they?







 Sea Horse Gallery

Seahorse mid-turn

Pregnant Seahorse in the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, NY

Seahorses use their prehensile tails to grab onto sea grasses and corals. Photograph by George Grall.




A White's Seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) anchored to a sponge.

According to National Geographic, "The Walea pygmy seahorse is one of five species named in a flurry of recent seahorse discoveries from coral reefs in the Red Sea and Indonesia. All five are less than an inch tall (2.5 centimeters) and are among the tiniest known vertebrates.

It was thanks to the keen eyes of underwater photographers and divers that these secretive specimens came to light".









9 comments:

  1. How interesting!! They are so cute too:):)

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  2. I am captivated by these interesting little sweet creatures!!!

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  3. These little guys are just amazing!
    ~Amanda

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  4. I forgot to mention above that I love your blog's new look!
    ~Amanda

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  5. These are very interesting little creatures! And kinda cute!

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  6. aren't they cute!! I had no idea about how unique they are...thanks for the great information.

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  7. Love this post! I am mildy obsessed with seahorses!!!

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