Pygmy Seahorses: Small Wonders of the Sea

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

We don’t have to write about the world’s largest natural wonders to point you to some of Mother Nature’s most spectacular creations. Wonders never cease when we look as some of the smallest living gems in our world.

Take the sea horse for example. We know it exists, and we see it occasionally on “sea motif” bathroom wallpaper or shower curtains, but other than that, most of us (even scientists) know little or nothing about this fragile marvels.

Image: Pair of red Pygmy Seahorses

In fact, of the 47 different species of seahorses known to science, 14 of those species were discovered in the past decade! Many of these recently discovered species are known as pygmy seahorses.

These magnificent and tiny gems of the sea are remarkable in many ways. Pygmy seahorses are masters of disguise and so perfectly adapted to their niche in the world it makes finding them and studying them nearly impossible.

Luckily, the California Academy of Sciences was able to collect a breeding pair and give us a look at their tiny lives for the first time…

It turns out there is something even more remarkable about these pygmy seahorses!

These minuscule masters of disguise have yet another trick of their sleeve…

Via: Deep Look 2

Celebrating endless learning…

How fortunate are we to not only live on a planet with such marvelous diversity, but also to live during a time when discoveries like these can travel around the world in seconds.

There is so much to learn out there, whether you are a career biologist, citizen scientist, or simply a nature nerd, out in the field or scrolling through search results, there is such a vast amount of learning to be done.

When we look back at this time 100 years from now, how much more will we know? What fundamental truths we believe will have crumbled? What more will we know?

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Image: Collage of articles to accompany the Pygmy Seahorse article

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I hope that we leave you today not just with a little more knowledge about this world, but with a renewed desire to learn more.

If you want to see another fascinating look at our natural world check out our article about the fascinating world of snails! No, really, it is fascinating!


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