Seahorses are so strange looking that sometimes it is hard to believe that they are real. Seahorses are very real creatures, and they come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. The color they have helps them to hide from predators that lurk in their watery homes. Seahorses are interesting creatures that can do a lot of things that you may not know about.
Facts About Seahorses
Seahorses are actually considered fish, and behave and have characteristics like fish than any other water creature. There are many different kinds of seahorses, and each kind may be a different color than the next. To find seahorses, look in warm waters near the coast. Often, you will find seahorses near coral reefs or seaweed, which tend to be closer to the shoreline.
Size of Seahorses
The range of seahorses is quite wide. They can be as small as two inches long, but can reach up to fourteen inches.
Other Physical Facts
You may wonder how seahorses eat because of their uniquely shaped mouth. In fact, their mouths are more like pig snouts, and they use those snouts to suck in their foods. They typically eat plankton, or other particle type food. Seahorses have to use their mouths in this way because seahorses have no teeth in which to chew their food. The seahorse’s tail is another useful part of their anatomy. The tail is used to grab onto seaweed and other parts of the reef to help keep them from floating away. The most interesting fact of all may be the fact that seahorses are the only species, known to man, where the male carries the young. They carry their young in a fashion similar to kangaroo, in a front pouch for safekeeping.
Seahorses have a hard time swimming because their bodies’ are in an upright position. When spotting seahorses, one will typically find the seahorses floating rather still, often looking for food. Their upright body position is another reason why they have to stay closer to shore. By staying closer to the shoreline, seahorses avoid more dangerous predators that lurk deeper in the ocean.