- SEA LIFE, Caribbean Cove
These curious creatures belong to the Syngnathidae family
Their jaws are fused to form a straw-like snout, instead of scales they have thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates and they are slow swimmers.
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.
Pygmy Seahorses are as tiny as your little fingernail, but Big-belly Seahorses will be even bigger than your hand!
Their Ancient Greek name is Hippocampus, which means ‘horse sea monster’. But we don't think our seahorses are monsters at all!
Big Belly Seahorse
One of the largest of all seahorses they can grow to up to 18cm!
There are over 40 species!
You can find seahorses in oceans all over the world! Some live on coral reefs, others amongst mangrove roots and many live in seagrass meadows.
Did you know?
To swim, seahorses beat their dorsal fin 30-70 times a second!
Unfortunately, seahorses are at risk of extinction
The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect seahorses and the habitats on which they depend.Find out more