Seahorses and Pipefish

Is it magic?

Nope! It's just a seahorse!

Seahorses and their cousins, Pipefish, share some cool things; Their jaws are fused into a long straw like mouth, they don't have scales and they are very slow swimmers.

Did you also know? The male seahorses grow their babies! Giving mummy seahorses a well-deserved break. They can give birth to thousands of tiny weeny little baby seahorses in one go.

Seahorses make a loud clicking noise every time they feed.

 Watch how these guys eat and listen out for their clicks during our daily talks.

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect seahorses and the habitats on which they depend.

Seahorses make a loud clicking noise every time they feed.

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Seahorses make a loud clicking noise every time they feed.

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 Watch how these guys eat and listen out for their clicks during our daily talks.

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 Watch how these guys eat and listen out for their clicks during our daily talks.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect seahorses and the habitats on which they depend.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect seahorses and the habitats on which they depend.

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Seahorses

You can find seahorses in oceans all over the world! There are over 40 species. Some live on coral reefs, others amoungst mangrove roots and many life in seagrass meadows. Pigmy Seahorses are as tiny as your little finger nail, 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!

Unfortunately, seahorses are at risk of extinction due to the pollution and destruction of their habitat. 150 million seahorses are also captured and killed every year to use in traditional medicine.

SEA LIFE campaigns to help protect vital seahorse habitats.

To swim, seahorses beat their dorsal fin 30-70 times a second!

Seahorse eyes can move independently of each other to help them spot food!

Seahorse tails are prehensile. That means they can use them to grip things like a monkey's tail! Seahorses hang onto seagrass or coral so they don't get swept away in the current.

To swim, seahorses beat their dorsal fin 30-70 times a second!

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To swim, seahorses beat their dorsal fin 30-70 times a second!

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Seahorse eyes can move independently of each other to help them spot food!

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Seahorse eyes can move independently of each other to help them spot food!

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Seahorse tails are prehensile. That means they can use them to grip things like a monkey's tail! Seahorses hang onto seagrass or coral so they don't get swept away in the current.

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Seahorse tails are prehensile. That means they can use them to grip things like a monkey's tail! Seahorses hang onto seagrass or coral so they don't get swept away in the current.

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Pipefish

Where are they?

Pipefish are masters of disguise; their slim, elegant bodies look just like the seagrasses and seaweeds in which they live.

Like Seahorses and Seadragons, they suck up tiny plankton through their straw-like snouts at lightning speed. 

Pick up a free MCS Good Fish Guide on your next visit to help you choose sustainable seafood and protect seahorses, pipefish and their habitats.

Pick up a free MCS Good Fish Guide on your next visit to help you choose sustainable seafood and protect seahorses, pipefish and their habitats.

Pick up a free MCS Good Fish Guide on your next visit to help you choose sustainable seafood and protect seahorses, pipefish and their habitats.