Despite looking like something out of a fairy-tale, seahorses can be found in oceans all over the world.
Their unique anatomy, quirky colours and delicate features make them a truly unique sight to behold in the water.
Like most bony fish, seahorses have a swim bladder which is a balloon-like organ that helps them to float a bit like a BCD.
They also use gills to breathe.Yet their body shape, snout, and tail, combined with the small spines coming off their bodies gives them an almost dragon-like appearance.
In fact, seahorses and seadragons are distant relatives – they’re both part of the Syngnathidae fish family, along with pipefish.
Unlike their terrestrial counterparts, seahorses are known for their tiny size. But how small are we talking? Well, that depends.
The seahorse reproduction cycle is a fascinating process and involves an enchanting underwater performance.
Once the females have produced their eggs, it’s the males that have to deal with the pregnancy.
Seahorses lack teeth, so they inhale their food through their snouts.
To help them blend into the background, seahorses can change their colour to match their surroundings.