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All About the Amazing Little Seahorse -- with Pillows to Match

Updated on June 20, 2014
Starfish pillows are just the right size for good pummeling.
Starfish pillows are just the right size for good pummeling.
Emerald Kitty is entranced by all the colors.
Emerald Kitty is entranced by all the colors. | Source
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Dakine.

Accent Pillows, Seahorses

I wanted to create a pillow that is unique. Seahorses are incredibly unique so I decided to create pillow patterns of seahorses. I wanted each seahorse to have a little friend, and I also like starfish, so I made starfish accent pillows and pillow patterns. Reading up on the starfish while I created the pillow pattern, I learned some intriguing and somewhat disturbing facts. When I began reading about seahorses, I found a lot of interesting facts – and one very startling fact.

Seahorse -- approximately 21 inches long.  Washable satin.
Seahorse -- approximately 21 inches long. Washable satin.

Facts About the Seahorse

Seahorses are the only species on earth in which the male carry and deliver the offspring. The males have a little pouch like a kangaroo and carry the developing baby in there until it is time to give birth. The male seahorse does not then send the female into the delivery room to go through unimaginable moments. No, the male seahorse goes through it all himself. What a male. What a shining knight in armor.

Seahorses swim in an upright position.  There are adult seahorses as small as two inches and some as big as 14 inches long.  There are approximately 35 different kinds (species) of seahorses none of whom can survive in cold waters.   They need warm, tropical waters to survive.

When do the seahorses sleep?
When do the seahorses sleep?

What Do Seahorses Eat?

Seahorses are not welcome visitors to the shrimp creatures nor any mother fish. Seahorses feed on plankton, brine shrimp and the larva of fish. At first glance, they don’t appear to have particularly good manners, but they don’t have any teeth so they have to suck up their dinner through their snout.

Facts About Starfish

The starfish are not actually fish. They are in a marine family known as echinoderms. Some people call these little star-like creatures: seastars. There are approximately 2000 species of starfish. It is hard to imagine, but they do not have brains.

Starfish move themselves sideways, forward and backwards. They can have four, five, six or seven arms. If an arm becomes injured and tears off, a new arm grows.

Starfish have little suction cups all over their body and arms which help them to move around. The little suction cups also enable the starfish to eat. Starfish eat meat. Starfish even eat other starfish.

Starfish come in all sizes from very tiny -- the size of a baby’s hand – to very big – the size of a standard chess game board.


More Facts About Seahorses

A seahorse’s snout is the distinguishing feature of his or her face which resembles a horse.  Seahorses also have mane-like material on their backs and really, the rest is our imagination.  But they’re such fun little creatures to look at.  It’s easy to forget that they are actually fish, they are actually wild and would die very quickly if you take them out of their environment.

Seahorses can change colors to camouflage themselves when there is danger lurking.  Seahorses are colorful and vibrant marine animals.

Have you Heard The Starfish Story by Loren Eisley

I especially like starfish because of the Starfish Story by Loren Eisley. It is a motivational story that can remind each one of us that one person can make a difference for good in the world. It is about a little boy who finds hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand from the tide. He begins throwing each starfish back into the water. An old man comes along and asks what he is doing. The boy explains he is trying to help these starfish. They are suffering. The old man cynically says that is a stupid thing to be doing. The old man says it doesn't make any difference. The little boy picks up another starfish and throws it into the ebbing tide. "It makes a difference to this one, Sir."

Each one of us can make a difference in some way every day.

© 2011 Pamela Kinnaird W

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I'm so glad somebody liked my little seahorses enough to think of trying to sew them. Thanks, Jackie Lynnley, for reading this hub.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love your sea horse and starfish; and I have some material I came across yesterday that will be perfect for these! Thank you for sharing.

      Great photos too! ^+

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Nice to meet another admirer of the amazing little seahorses. Thanks for stopping by, Easy Exercise.

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      PamelaKinnaird,

      This hub is a wonderful tribute to a marine fish that doesn't get the attention it deserves. And the story of the Starfish Story by Loren Eisley is one that everyone must hear.

      One of my doctor's offices had a tank with sea horses and it was magical. You are right, they do belong in the wild.

      Wonderful hub! Thank you for celebrating this marvelous creature! Voted up!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      GarnetBird, Stephanie Henkel and Whidbeywriter, thank you very much for taking the time to read about my pillows. Stephanie, I haven't made any silk ones. Some are made of washable satins and the others are cotton (so far.

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      Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Very cool hub love those pillows, you are very creative and talented...blessings!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      The pillows are beautiful, and your cat is gorgeous, too! Are your pillows made of silk? I love the starfish and can see why cats would like to wrestle with them. Nice hub!

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      Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Northern California

      This is delightful--loved it!!I have a kitty that looks a lot like yours only it has white boots and a vest.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      KoffeeKlatch Gals and Fossillady, thank you for your kind words.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Marcoujor, thanks. It is a beautiful story -- that starfish parable.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      This is a great little hub Pamela...looks to me like someone special likes your pillows! They are so bright and festive! I didn't know you had such an artistic flare!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful pictures. Your pillows are adorable. And yes the cat is quite stunning. Great information.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is a charming article, Pamela... I am going to check out Eisley's story on motivation with the starfish, as I have never heard of it... thank you!

      Voted UP & AWESOME...!

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      McGilwriter 6 years ago from Florida

      And I thought the pictures of the cat were cute! :)

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