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Big-belly seahorse

  • SEA LIFE Konigswinter, Myths of the sea
6416 Big Bellied Seahorse

PROFILE: SEAHORSE

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.

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Big-belly seahorse

Hippocampus abdominalis

About ten centimetres tall, permanently attached to food and a fat belly - these are the pot-bellied seahorses!
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.