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Fishy February; A-Z of a Mermaid's Friends (S)

S - Seahorse

The Latin name for Seahorse; “Hippocampus” means Horse Caterpillar. Seahorses eat small crustaceans, such as Mysis Shrimp. An adult will eat between 30-50 times a day... but Seahorse Fry will eat a massive 3,000 pieces of food each day! Seahorses have excellent eyesight, and their eyes are able to work independently on either side of their head, which means they can look forwards and backwards at the same time! Seahorses propel themselves by using a small fin, that flutters up to 35 times per second! . There are two Seahorse species found around the UK, and any sightings should be reported to The Seahorse Trust. Anglesey Sea Zoo is one of the only places in the world who have successfully bred the UK-native Short-Snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus Hippocampus). They are committed to advancing the conservation of seahorses through education and research. The collaboration between aquariums, conservation societies and universities provides a forum to share information on the management of seahorse populations in captivity, and also gives a stronger voice to change current conservation policy and international legislation.


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