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SEAHORSES

Seahorses come in different sizes; pygmy seahorses are as tiny as your little finger nail, but big-belly seahorses will be even bigger than your hand.

As members of the same family they share some interesting traits; their jaws are fused to form a straw-like snout, instead of scales they have thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates and they are slow swimmers.

Perhaps the coolest thing about this group is that the males brood their babies! A male Seahorse has a brooding pouch on its belly into which a female can place her eggs. After a few weeks when the babies are ready, the male Seahorse gives birth. He rocks back and forth like a rocking-horse whilst the tiny baby seahorses pop out from a small hole in his tummy.

SEA LIFE Malaysia helps protect them as they are at risk of extinction.