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Playful Little Creatures

Seahorses are a curious group of creatures which belong to the Syngnathidae family. Try and say that three times fast!

All seahorses share some interesting traits; their jaws are fused to form a straw-like snout; instead of scales, they have thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates; they are poor swimmers, so they cling to vegetation with their tails.

Perhaps the coolest thing about this group is that the males brood their babies! A male seahorse has a brooding pouch on its belly into which a female can place her eggs. After a few weeks when the babies are ready, the male seahorse gives birth. He rocks back and forth like a rocking-horse whilst the tiny baby seahorses pop out from a small hole in his tummy.

You can discover these amazing creatures as you journey into our Temple of the Seahorse exhibit during your visit.

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