The National SEA LIFE Centre is home to both Big Bellied and Common Seahorses. Seahorses can be found in shallow waters all over the world. Seahorses range in size from 16 millimetres (the recently discovered Hippocampus denise) to 35 centimetres. With Seahorses it’s the males who have the babies! The female Seahorse creates the eggs then transfers them to the males pouch where he fertilises them and then goes through a 1-2 month pregnancy (depending on the species) after which he will give birth to anything from 100-1,500 babies!
The seahorse is one of the most amazing and unique creatures of marine fauna. Unfortunately, 33 of the 35 species of seahorses are listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Redlist of threatened creatures due to large population declines over the last 10 years.
- Their dorsal fin beats very fast to move them forward, up to 35 times per second.
- Seahorses do not have scales on their bodies like most other fish, just skin.
- Depending on the species, can have between 100 and 1,500 babies each time they give birth.
- Most Seahorses can change their skin colour to blend in with their background.