The seahorse is perhaps one of the most charismatic and distinctive marine wildlife species in the temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific. There are currently over 40 known species of the seahorse. The ‘horse of the sea' is known for its unorthodox dieting tendencies and adorably romantic rituals. Their curly tails and elongated mouths are some of the features that make them adorable ocean creatures.
Fun Facts about Seahorses:
- Seahorses are known for their romantic relationships with couples lasting for long periods.
- When it comes to childbirth labor, males take the lead.
- To avoid losing each other, seahorses wrap their tails around their mates.
- Their equine appearance is supplemented by a distinctive tail and trunk, elongated snouted head, and bent neck.
- Seahorses can also be found in seagrass beds. The various seahorse species can be found in the Pacific waters from South America to North America.
- Seahorses swim upright with the aid of their dorsal fins. This characteristic distinguishes them from their close relatives, pipefish, which swim horizontally.
- They rely on their pectoral fins and rapid fluttering of their dorsal fins for steering. They can reach a maximum speed of 5 ft per hour.
- Although a seahorse is a bony fish, it lacks scales. Instead, it has thin skin evenly stretched over a well-arranged series of bony plates. Every individual species contains a specific number of rings.