- SEA LIFE Konigswinter, Myths of the sea
Seahorses (scientifically known as hippocampus since the 1570s) can be found in all oceans. In ancient Greece, seahorses were called "hippocampus", which in Greek mythology means a sea monster. Although seahorses can move their eyes independently - so they can look forward and backward at the same time - we don't think that our seahorses are monsters.
They grow to a height of up to 35 centimetres when adult. As the name suggests: if you look closely, you can see that they snap at food particles in the water with their mouth without interruption - they are permanent eaters.