The visit to Gothenburg some weeks ago included ”Universeum”, a house for practical experiments and for animals and plants from all over the world.
Don’t we all love these little creatures? I remember from early childhood a series about the little seahorse. It was one of the first TV-animated series I really loved. I was glued to the screen.
According to Wikipedia, a seahorse is any of 46 species of small marine fish in the genus Hippocampus. Hippocampus comes from the Ancient Greek hippókampos, itself from híppos meaning ”horse” and kámpos meaning ”sea monster”.
Seahorses also feature segmented bony armour, an upright posture and a curled tail. Along with the pipefishes and seadragons (Phycodurus and Phyllopteryx) they form the family Syngnathidae. I am not that familiar with the names of sea creatures, but I do love these two. After some thinking, I remembered a visit to the Blue Planet in Denmark that Vivi and I did some years ago. I photographed a seadragon then, and – I found it after some searching. I hope you enjoy!
In the header – the cranes are here!
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Seahorses are fascinating, aren’t they? They look like some mythical beast, not quite real 😀
They do – and that is some gorgeous fantasy!
Marvellous. This reminds me of the wonderful Horniman Museum, which you should visit on any future visit to London https://www.horniman.ac.uk/
Thank you, Margaret – this would be a real treat! Perfect! If I ever travel again…I will go to London. London is the most visited city outside Scandinavia (in my life). What a glorious tips!
Let’s hope travelling’s on the cards soon.
The seahorses are a delight!
They really are! Brian just told me they have the leafy ones in Australia!
I so love seahorses. We have a species here called a Leafy Sea-dragon which look wonderful 🙂
You have it? Wow – the dragon in my second shot has got some ”leaves”, but not that many. Love them too – they look so supernaturally unreal!
I love the fluttering of their fins when they stop in one place 🙂
I love seahorses, it’s one of the options we’re discussing for our new aquarium 🙂
Oh, you have an aquarium! I have never seen a sea horse or seadragon (I think they are even more amazing) in an ordinary aquarium of a household. Exciting!
Ocean aquariums are quite common in our area