TINY DONKEYS OF THE DEEP...
A MYSTERIOUS FRIDAY ON SATURDAY POST...
These mystery critters of the seas are like artefacts from a wild dream.
There are 47 species of seahorses ~ genus hippocampus ~ worldwide.
Dwarf seahorses are only about an inch (2.5cm) long. The largest seahorses are the Central American 30cm/ 1 foot-long Hippocampus ingens.
Seahorses are usually found in warm tropical and subtropical shallow reef-waters.
Seahorses are weak but incredibly graceful swimmers who seem to glide upright through the water. They cannot survive strong currents and require plenty of seaweed, reeds or other vegetation to hang on to.
This see how tiny this pygmy seahorse is compared to the plants:
Some species have the most incredible coloration, like this ghostly individual:
Others are camouflaged incredibly well:
See how sharply Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) from the Western Pacific contrasts against this neutral background... more like a clay-modelled figure than a real-life trotterdonkey of the deep:
Seahorses are unique among creatures in that the males give birth and can carry newborn babies in a pouch.
Look at these psychedelic youngsters:
... and these tiny stragglers ...
These are the videos I forgot to put on yesterday:
Diver meets wild seahorse. See what I mean about a dream-artefact...?
2: Seahorses found in River Thames:
... Have a cheery weekend, y'all!
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