Sea Creature of the Week!

Aug 15 2011

Dwarf Seahorse

Scientific name: Hippocampus Zaosterae

Other namesPymy Seahorse or the Seapony

Home:

The Seapony can be found chilling in the reefs, sponge-gardens and seagrass beds of the Caribbean, the Florida keys and the Gulf of Mexico.

Physical characteristics:

The majority of these mini creatures are white or tan but they can also be found rockin’ a brown, yellow, or Green exterior.
They rarely grow to be over two inches long!!

Food:

These cuties feed on small crustaceans that is brought their way by the ocean’s current. They use their little round mouth like a vacuum to suction their food which results in a small “POP” sound!

Fun Facts:

The Dwarf Seahorse uses its prehensile tail to latch onto seagrass including Zostera (hence its scientific name).

Dwarf seahorses are the slowest moving fish, swimming at an average of 5 feet per hour.

Seahorse are the only known species in which the male carries and births the babies. Once the babies are born papa peaces out!


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