Ten fun facts about Seahorses

Fact 1
Seahorses are found in warmer waters in the tropics or along temperate coasts.

Fact 2
They propel themselves using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second. The smaller pectoral fins located near the back of their heads is used for steering.

Fact 3
Seahorses grow from an inch to a foot in size and prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together.

Fact 4
They swim upright and mimic the color of underwater plants as an effective camouflage to avoid predators.

Fact 5
Seahorses can suck up food from a distance of about 3 cm away. They anchor themselves to sea grasses and corals with their prehensile tails to prevent floating away.

Fact 6
They feed mainly on plankton and tiny fish using their elongated snouts to suck in planktons and small crustaceans that drift by.

Fact 7
Seahorses eat constantly with fused jaws as they have no teeth or stomachs. They can consume as much as 3,000 or more brine shrimp per day.

Fact 8
They are monogamous and mate for life. They are the only animals species on earth in which the male bears the unborn young.

Fact 9
The female seahorse lays up to 50 eggs in the pouch of her male mating partner.

Fact 10
The male then carries the eggs in his pouch and incubates them for about 30 days till they hatch. As many as 5 to 1,500 young seahorses are hatched at a time.

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Short about Seahorses
Are aquatic members of the Teleost suborder of the vertebra group, characterized by an interior skeleton with no scales but only skin.

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