Seahorse Underwater

C Fi 9905

Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach. Food passes through their digestive systems so quickly, they must eat almost constantly to stay alive. The seahorse feeds on plankton and tiny fish. They can consume 3,000 or more brine shrimp per day. It moves each of its eyes independently, so it can follow the activity of passing sea life without giving its presence away.

Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. Seahorses engage in an eight hour courtship dance which includes spinning around, swimming side by side and changing colors.

A baby seahorse is called a “fry.”

Instinct may tell you to avoid a clump of seaweed, but if you stick around, you may spy a seahorse in the bay of Sarasota.


Dianne Frestel

"It was a treasure to share my talents with my community! As an artist and an art teacher for multiple years, it has been my passion to communicate visual arts. During the sequestered time of Covid, I decided to create all my greeting cards myself to my family and friends. My favorite subject matter for was seahorses. When I saw the request for volunteers to paint on the sidewalk, I replicated one of my watercolors to the pavement. What a challenge to go from paper to concrete. But it was a joy. The seahorse is a delightful creature."