Ocean Life: Seahorse
Seahorses (hippocampus) are truly beautiful and unique. There are about 35 species world wide. According to National Geographic, they can range in size from 0.6 inches (1.5 centimeters) to 14 inches (35 centimeters) long.
Where They Live:
You can find seahorses in tropical, shallow and temperate waters throughout the world.
Seahorses must eat almost constantly to stay alive as food passes through their system very quickly. Believe it or not, they are carnivores as well. They mostly consume brine shrimp and other small floaters.
How They Mate:
Unlike many other fish, seahorses are monogamous and mate for life with one partner.
Did you know that seahorses are among the ONLY animal species on Earth where the male carries the unborn young?! Well, it’s true. After the female deposits her eggs into the male’s brood pouch, he then fertilizes them internally and carries the eggs until they hatch, where then the baby seahorses are released into the water.
What Do You Think?
What is the average life span of a seahorse?
Answer: In the wild, a seahorses average estimated life span is between 1 to 5 years.
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