Your Daily Squee: Pygmy Seahorses Courtesy of the Steinhart Aquarium

By Caitlin Nichole 7 years agoNo Comments

Science Today: Pygmy Seahorses | California Academy of Sciences

Academy researchers are among the first to study tiny, fascinating pygmy seahorses that live exclusively on coral in the Philippines. SUBSCRIBE: About the Academy: The California Academy of Sciences is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

Masters of disguise and no bigger than your thumbnail, the Pigmy Seahorse has got to be one of the cutest little Hippocampus you may ever see. Odd fact: the word “Hippocampus” actually comes from the Ancient Greek word hippos meaning “horse” and kampos which means “sea monster” – which is odd because they don’t look anything like monsters to me! Anyway, the Steinhart Aquarium put together this adorable little video of the minuscule “monsters” they collected from the Philippines for our viewing pleasure. It describes the seahorse’s habitat (they dwell exclusively within a select few coral species), mating behavior, and the woes and challenges of actually housing them successfully. Enjoy informative commentary from Matt Wandell and Richard Ross amongst others, and of course, enjoy the cuteness overload!


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