The Seahorse – Hippocampus

The seahorse belongs to the family of hippocampus which in Latin means horse seamonster. Their size are ranging from tiny 1.5 cm up to 35 cm. They don’t have any stomach and because of the missing stomach these horses needs to eat all the time. To be exact they need to find at least 3000 tiny shrimps in the water every day otherwise they would die of starvation.

The male seahorse has really give the woman a break of giving birth in the nature. In this relationship the male are the one to carry all eggs in his pouch. Of all the eggs only one of thousand survives to an adult size. Some studies shows that they are extremely faithful to each other. Once they find a sea horse partner in their taste they stick with each other for the rest of their life. However it is showed that some of this horses can change partner as soon as the possibility rises. To answer the relationship we need to study this subject a bit further.

To great exercise can kill this guys so mostly they are sitting on the same coral relaxing and eating. Except to gain to much weight the only thing this guys need to worry about is the hungry crabs. If the dwarf sea horse needs to run from the crab he faces a problem. Since the top speed in this horsepower is 1.5 meter per hour.

The seahorse are endangered by over fishing and habitat destruction. The Chinese medicine market has a huge responsibility since they convinced the chines people that seahorses cure impotence, wheezing and pain. Which has nonscientific proof. 20 million seahorses are estimated to been taken from the sea by this reason every year. The consumption are also wild spread in Indonesia, Philippines and other ethnic groups.

The fishing of the endangered seahorse has been controlled by CITES since 2004. CITES is a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Sadly enough Norway, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia didn’t sign the law. And therefore we are going to a future without this lovely creature.

Support CITES and other ocean fighters that supports our ocean with knowledge among the local people. And of course ban all sort of seahorse consumption and we might give my favorite fish a opportunity.

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Tigertail Seahorse; Thailand
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