Seahorses – a life-size guide to every species
Horses of the Sea
Seahorses are among the most charismatic marine creatures. They are so unlike typical fishes that they were once considered to be marine insects. With their upright posture, strange body-shape and features, and incredible camouflage, it is no wonder that people used to think that seahorses were mythological beings and assigned them such roles as bearing sea nymphs and pulling Poseidon’s chariot. The scientific name for the seahorse genus, Hippocampus, is derived from the greek work hippo (meaning horse) and kampos (meaning sea monster).