10 Things You Never Knew About Seahorses

 

By Lindsay Aylesworth, Project Seahorse

The day I stepped into my wetsuit, donned my mask, and embarked on my first scuba dive was the day I decided to be a marine biologist. Little did I know that my love of the sea would lead to studying one of the coolest, most charismatic yet cryptic creatures: the seahorse. It all started with an undergrad project where, as luck would have it, I was unknowingly "saddled" with this amazing group of animals, which has now turned into a life-long passion and the subject of my Ph.D research.

Seahorses are caught for the aquarium and traditional medicine trades, but their biology and habitat associations make them susceptible to decline. My research focuses on how seahorses grow and reproduce in areas with and without fishing to ensure seahorse fisheries are sustainable. Seahorses have so many unusual characteristics and behaviors that it’s easy to see why they’re so interesting to study. So for all those ocean enthusiasts and those who are yet to be converted, here are my top ten fun facts about seahorses.

A Longspine seahorse off the coast of South Africa.

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Submitted by Sherren (not verified) on

Truly amazing little creatures they fascinate me always have But I must admit the weedy sea dragons are my favourite.

Submitted by SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! (not verified) on

wow and don't care

Submitted by ReplyToSeriously (not verified) on

Then please just move on to the next page. No need to be rude.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This helped me a lot for my project they have a lots if facts for sea horses

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

just amaizing, tks, we need more info about this great creatures!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Lindsey, Lov eyou sea horse exhibit. Best wishes in Thailand...or Cambodia...somewhere. Can't wait to p
lay tennis with you again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

all nice pictures. i've been admiring seahorses since i was a kid, when i first heard about them. one had washed up at the beach near our house in milford, ct and made it in the newspaper.