Seahorses are curious creatures. They belong to the Genus Hippocampus, which, literally translated, means 'sea monster'. They belong to the same family as razorfish, pipefish and sea dragons and have evolved over 40 million years.
A seahorse’s body is not covered by scales, but instead is enclosed by a series of bone-like rings. These bone-like rings help to protect it from predators by making the seahorse hard to eat! Seahorses also have a ring of spines called a coronet on top of their heads. No two seahorses have the same shaped coronet – just like our fingerprints!
Seahorses are slow, upright swimmers and swim by moving their single dorsal fin and the fins on the side of their heads. They steer by moving their heads from side to side!