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Seahorse Predators

Seahorse Predators

There are several different predators in the wild that the seahorse has to be careful with. Since these creatures don’t swim well and they don’t have defense mechanisms they are often at the mercy of their environment to protect them.

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Seahorse Reproduction

Seahorse Reproduction

The process of seahorse reproduction is very interesting. Studies show that the males and females will court for several days. During that period of time they will seem to take part in dancing rituals.

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Seahorse Anatomy

Seahorse Anatomy

The anatomy of the seahorse is very interesting. First they have a face that looks like that of a land horse. Of course that is where the name comes from. They don’t have any genetic link to those horses though.

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Seahorse Feeding

Seahorse Feeding

Using their long snout the seahorse is able to consume their food with ease. They are slow feeders though so it can take them a great deal of time each day to eat.

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Seahorse Habitat

Seahorse Habitat

Seahorse Habitat and Distribution The seahorse is found in many different locations around North and South  America. They are typically located in the shallow tropical waters that are quite warm. They will be found living along the coral, the sea grass, and the mangroves. In Europe they are known to reside in the Thames estuary. Many of the larger species are living in the Mediterranean Sea. Many species of seahorses are very territorial. The males often have about 11 square feet of territory. The females have up to 1,100 square feet. What they live though will influence how much area they have. In many regions that habitat range has gotten smaller and smaller. In captivity the seahorses will be limited to a large aquarium. This can be a huge change in home range habitat for them. That is why the stress levels are very high and the survival rate low. Young in a captive state are more likely to do well because they haven’t become accustomed to the wide territory. As a result the seahorses living in a given area have become more aggressive. They have also suffered from higher stress levels and more forms of disease. The aggressive behavior is typically when males are looking for females that they can mate with. It is also common when they are fighting for territory or food and that extends to both genders. The corral out there where the seahorse lives offers them a place to rest. Approximately 25% of them will spend their entire live span in the corral. They may be attached to them in tiny crevices too. It really is amazing the versatility of the seahorse and their natural environment. When you see damaged corral reefs in these bodies of water you will find that some professionals have put artificial corral into them. The goal is to help the seahorse and other living creatures to be able to use that habitat successfully for their own survival. The seahorse lives in areas that have still water or slow moving water. That is due to the fact that they can’t swim very well. They have to anchor to various forms of coral or grass to be able to rest. When there is a terrible storm though it can upset their environment drastically. Many of the adults will die due to the movements and their bodies will become too tired to continue on. Destruction has caused very low numbers of seahorses in some areas. Water pollution is one of the main reasons why the seahorse habitat has continued to be in trouble. With the volume of commercial fishing for them as well as hunting for medicinal purposes there are millions of them removed from the wild annually. The commercial fishing network can bring in nets that cover wide areas where the seahorse is known to live. They can take out huge numbers...

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