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Seahorses - Mythical, Dancing Horses Of The Sea.

Updated on March 12, 2011

A Pair of Hipocampus Subelongatus Seahorses Performing a Mating Dance.

Pygmy Seahorse.

The "dance of the seahorse" has been considered one of nature's most elegant ballets.

With grace and beauty; slowly circling each other; linking tails; a unison of whirls and twirls; bathing each other with their changing colors; the carefully orchestrated and in-sync "dance of the seahorse"is truly a sight to behold.

In addition to its dancing skills, this mystical looking creature has so many other fascinating facts about itself:

1.) some experts say that there are over 47 species of seahorses

2.) seahorses possess no stomach or teeth (making it essential to consume as many as 50 shrimp a day to get the nutrients they need to survive)

3.) seahorses have excellent eyesight - one eye can look ahead for prey, while the other independently scans behind it

4.) the eyes of the seahorse can detect more color than the human eye and see in more detail than most fish

5.) male and female seahorses pair up for life

6.) every dawn, seahorse pairs reaffirm their partnership with a unique dance

7.) during the mating period, the female seahorse gently transfers her eggs to the males kangaroo like brood pouch (yes the father carries the babies and will even labor from several hours to several days!)

8.) seahorses have a great ability to transform their skin color in order to match their surroundings

9.) few seahorse survive in captivity since they require special food and are subject to diseases

10.) the smallest seahorse is the pygmy sea horse - it is so small, it could easily fit on your fingernail

11.) the largest seahorse is the potbellied sea horse, which can grow to over 13 inches [30 cm] in length

12.) the dried bodies of seahorses have been used for medicinal purposes

Although dainty and mythical in appearance, these dancing horses of the sea are truly a fascinating creature to behold.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Very educational hub on seahorses. thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      magdielqr 7 years ago

      Very educational. Very good. Thanks

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks creativeone59 - I hope you enjoyed it.

      Thank you magdielqr for your feedback as well. These little creatures are truly fascinating.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is fascinating! I have always been fascinated by seahorses. Lots of great educational information.

      You've done it again Veronica Allen! I get a bit smarter every time I read your hubs.

      Thanks a lot!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you BkCreative for such a lovely compliment. I truly feel the same about your nutrional hubs. I too find seahorses amazing stealth little creatures. And the fact that the male seahorse carries the babies, gives me a much more added respect for this slender creature.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is so interesting, I enjoyed it. Thank you so much

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Hello, hello. Aren't these little creatures just adorable?

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      These are so cool! I used to want one for a pet when I was a kid.

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      What a cool pet they must have made. I think they are amazing creatures. Thank you for stopping by habee.

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      melodyandes 5 years ago

      This is a very informative , educational hub on sea horses. Love to have a pet like this.

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      Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

      I think seahorses are awesome creatures melodyandes. I'm glad you found this hub beneficial.

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