Fun Facts about the Seahorse!

“I have a horsey face, a monkey’s tail and a kangaroo pouch”.

Fun Facts about the Seahorse.
Photo by Shelly

Fun Facts about the Seahorse:

  • A seahorse is a fish
  • A real “Mr. Mom” – The male gives birth!  The female places her eggs in his pouch.
  • Then about two or three weeks later, he has babies.
  • Once a male seahorse gives birth, he often gets pregnant again right away.
  • Seahorses prefer to swim in pairs and “hold tails”.
  • They have skin instead of scales
  • Seahorses swim vertically and propel themselves by using a small fin on their back.
  • “Slow Poke” They are the slowest of all fish.
  • Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach and eat constantly.
  • They are carnivores and eat baby fish or tiny shrimp by sucking them up their snout.
  • A Seahorse’s life span is about 3 years.
  • They have excellent eye-sight.  Each eye can move separately.
  • So a seahorse can look for food with one eye while watching out for predators with the other.
  • A real oddball of the fish family.

Sources:  National Geographic,  National Wildlife Federation, 

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