Seahorse Facts Seahorses

  • Each day a seahorse can consume up to 3,000 brine shrimp.
  • Seahorses have no teeth and swallow their food whole.
  • A male seahorse becomes pregnant when a female deposits her eggs into his pouch.
  • There are approximately 35 known Seahorse species.
  • Seahorses are found in most of the world's temperate and tropical coastal waters.
  • Seahorses are masters of camouflage, changing color and growing skin filaments to blend in with their surroundings.
  • Seahorses are members of the family Syngnathidae, from the Greek words "syn" meaning together or fused, and "gnathus" meaning jaws. They share this family with fish like the pipefish. Seahorses alone make up the genus Hippocampus, from the Greek words "hippos" meaning horse and "campus" meaning sea monster
  • Seahorses gained international protection on May 15, 2004

    What do South American Spider Monkeys, Ringtail Opossums and seahorses have in common? They all have prehensile tails.

    Seahorses are members of the Teleost suborder, or bony fish.

    Seahorses usually live in the tropics or along temperate coasts.

    The average height of a full-grown sea horse is 2-8 inches.
    Seahorses also vary in color, including orange, red, yellows, grey, and greens.

    Seahorses can come in patterns like “zebra stripes” and spots.

    Seahorses change color to blend in with their surroundings.

    Seahorses feed on small living animals such as daphnia, cyclops, larvae of water insects, or mwysids.

    Seahorses like to swim in pairs linked by their tales.

    Seahorses cannot curl their tails backwards.

    Seahorses belong to the vertabra group, meaning they have an interior skeleton.

    The small dorsal fins propel it through the water in an upright position, while it beats them back and forth, almost as fast as a humming bird flapping its wings.

    Seahorses usually mate under a full moon.

    The pectoral fins control turning and steering. When resting, the seahorse curls its tail around seaweed, to keep it from floating away...

    Seahorse natural predators are crabs, tuna, skates and rays.

    Seahorses are loyal and mate for life.

    During mating, the Seahorses utter musical sounds.































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