Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Search the seahorse on your next dive in Playa del Carmen

Although we have seahorses in Playa del Carmen generally it's not very easy to find them since they are experts at camouflage. But lately on one of our shallow dives we spotted one of these unique fish.

Yes, seahorses are fish although they don't look like it at all. Moreover they are very bad swimmers, which is the reason why they spend most of the time resting in one area, sometimes holding on to the same coral or seaweed for days. So the chances that you can see the seahorse we spotted are pretty good at the moment.  

Here are some more facts about this unique creatures: 
The average life span of seahorses in the wild is 1 to 5 years. Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach. Food passes through their digestive systems so quickly, they must eat almost constantly to stay alive.

Contrary to most other fish, seahorses are monogamous and mate for life and unlike any other species, the males become pregnant. Females insert her eggs into the male's brood pouch. Once all the eggs are inserted, the male goes to a nearby coral or seaweed and grabs on with his tail to wait out gestation, which may last several weeks.  

 Favorite seahorse habitats are coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangrove forests. 
Despite their tendency to live in shallow waters, seahorses are difficult to see in the wild - they blend very well with their surroundings.

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