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Big-belly seahorse

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