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, 

Bonaire Dive Week is Coming May 17-24, 2016

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Tropical marine life and coral wonderfully: Discover the underwater world of Bonaire during the Bonaire Dive Week. Both beginners and advanced divers this event is a unique opportunity. Diving schools organize special events, resorts offer additional benefits and throughout the island are given lectures and master classes. Access to all events is only by showing your festival pass. Ensure so quickly from a passe partout, as there are limited places available. Do you want to know more? Source:  http://www.bonairediveweek.nl

Coral Restoration Diver

Coral Restoration Diver from Shelly Craig on Vimeo.

Coral Reefs are nursery grounds to 25% of all known marine species and home to nearly 33% of all known fish species.  Reefs are important to maintain biological diversity.

The major threat to coral reefs are diseases, loss of Sea Urchins, coral bleaching, degraded water quality and hurricanes.

The mission of the Coral Reef Foundation Bonaire (CRFB) is to develop affordable, effective strategies for protection and restoring the shallow water population of  the two protected species of Staghorn and Elkhorn coral along the coasts of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

The CRFB project was born in 2012, when Ken Nedimeyer of the CRF http://www.coralrestoration.org was invited to visit the island to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire’s greatest assets, it’s reefs.

The video was shot with a GoPro Hero3+ and is my personal impression of taking the Distinctive Specialty course of “Coral Restoration Diver” offered by Great Adventures Dive Shop at Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire.  It is a vacation video with the purpose of informing others and inviting them to become involved in the project if they wish to give something back to our beautiful Coral Reefs.

Get ready to restore!