- SEA LIFE Busan, B3 Floor
Seahorses are known to be chameleons of the sea
Spot the Korean Seahorse at SEA LIFE Busan
Up to 25cm
Plankton, Small Crustaceans
Subtropical shallow waters
Scientific Name: Hippocampus haema
Common Name: Korean seahorse
The "Korean Seahorse" was known as "Crowned Seahorse", but in 2017, DNA studies of seahorse found and collected in Busan and Ulsan revealed that the species were different, and a new name and scientific name were given. It mainly lives in seaweed, such as a shallow-water capstone, and is found in Korean and Japanese waters. It is the most frequently found species in Korea along with Yellow Seahorse, which is currently designated as a marine protected species.
Did you know?
- Usually it is the female who carries and gives birth to a baby. But this is the opposite for seashores - the female seahorse will give the fertilized eggs to the male seahorse to carry the baby seahorses to term.
- Breeding season is from May to November and the male seahorse gives birth to an average of 40 babies
- It can disguise themselves in a colour similar to its surrounding environment which allows them to detect prey or predators by moving its eyes only.
It's seahorse feeding time!
Usually you will not be able to see this in the aquarium, so click below to watch their mukbang!
("Mukbang" is a term commonly used in Korea to describe watching someone eat)