What makes a seahorse unique?

 

Seahorses are loved for their unique horse-like appearance and long gripping tail. They have variation in the shape of their “coronet” crowned cap on their head, their coloration patterns such as lines or spots on their body, “saddling” or beautiful iridescent white stripes and “cirri” weed-like appendages that serve as camouflage. 

Seahorses also have excellent eyesight; each eye works independently enabling the seahorse to easily spot both food and predators.

Another amazing characteristic of seahorses is that the male becomes pregnant and carries the eggs of his female partner in his brood pouch!  When the seahorse fry emerge from his pouch, they are fully functioning, small seahorses. 

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