Sea magic, sea wonder
Frequently asked questions and fun facts
What are seahorses?
Despite their whimsical appearance, the seahorse is really a
bony fish. Seahorses are in the family, Syngnathidae, the same
family as seadragons and pipefish.
big can seahorses grow to be?
Within the 32 species of seahorses, there is a vast range of
sizes. Seahorses can vary from less than one inch in length
to more than a foot long.
long do seahorses live?
Although more research is needed for a definitive answer, most
seahorses live from about one year to about four years.
do seahorses eat?
In the wild, seahorses eat live shrimp larvae and other small
crustaceans. Seahorses have eyes that move independently of
each other and this helps them spot food. They suck their food
up through their bony snouts, almost as if it were a straw.
Because they have no true stomachs, seahorses must eat large
quantities for food to compensate for their fast rate of digestion.
are the only fish with prehensile tails-tails that are designed
to grasp or hold. They use their tails to hold onto objects-like
sea grass, coral or each other.
bony plates on seahorses provide protection from predators
and in some species, make the body semi-rigid. Because of
this, seahorses don't move their bodies in a wavelike fashion
as most fish do. Instead, they glide gracefully by fanning
their delicate fins.
are voracious eaters. They suck in food and swallow it whole
because they do not have teeth. They have no true stomachs,
and their food passes rapidly through their digestive systems.