Scientific name: Hippocampus Zaosterae
Other names: Pymy Seahorse or the Seapony
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.
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!!
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!
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!