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Horse of the Oceans

There are about 54 species of seahorses worldwide, and possibly as many sub-specie

This animal looks so similar to the horse due to its long neck that scientists have named this species as 'Seahorse'. If you haven't seen it yet and thinking about what it may look like, where it is found or anything like, this is for you.

Seahorses are small fishes that are identified for the state of their head, which looks like the head of a tiny horse. There are at least 25 species of seahorses. You can find seahorses in the world’s tropical and temperate coastal waters, swimming upright among seaweed and other plants. They move into deeper waters to escape the rough sea weather.

Seahorses eat small crustacea such as Mysis Shrimp. An adult eats 30-50 times a day. Seahorse fry (baby seahorses) eat a staggering 3000 pieces of food per day.

Whatever the name may sound like, these are fish, nothing else. They live in the water, gill is their breathing organ. Though they miss out on caudal fins and a long snake-like tail. which are common in any normal fish in your aquarium.

The most amazing fact is that Seahorses can change color very quickly and match any surroundings in which it finds itself.

They have even been known to turn bright red to catch floating debris. They are the 'water-chameleons', aren't they?

But there is a sad part of this colorful story. Seahorses are dying.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Trade takes in excess of up to 150 million seahorses a year from the wild and these are used for all types of medicine. Curio Trade takes approximately one million seahorses from the wild.

With shells and starfish, Seahorses are netted and left in the boiling sun to die. Afterward, these are sold as souvenirs.

There are about 54 species of seahorses worldwide, and possibly as many sub-species. More are continue to be found.


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