seahorse #14 [103K]

This dwarf seahorse, about 1/2 inch in length, seems to be admiring its reflection in a small bubble. The prehensile tail allows it to anchor itself on a small sliver of seagrass or kelp as particles of food drift by.  Seahorses are slow swimmers, so their ability to blend in with their surroundings is especially important.

The dwarf seahorse is native to the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda and the Bahamas. In the USA it is found off the coast of Texas and Florida.

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