Seahorse

Seahorses

Seahorses are very special creatures, belonging to the genus Hippocampus. It is said that the chariot of Poseidon, the god of the sea, probably was pulled by seahorses. The body of this strange fish is covered by bony rings that act to protect them from attack by predators. Seahorses live near coral reefs and they are able to cling to plants and coral by means of their prehensile tail, assuming their typical upright posture.

The jaws of these animals are fused together to form a kind of straw. It is for this reason that the seahorses are able to feed on small crustaceans simply ... by breathing them in! Females can lay thousands of eggs, which are “hatched” by males in their characteristic chest sac after about two weeks.

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