The Sloth of the Sea


Yesterday’s daily trivia question was in the “animals” category:

QUESTION: What is the slowest-moving fish?
ANSWER: Why, the seahorse, or course!

These equine little characters have always been among my favorite creatures. After doing a little research on them, I love them even more!




  • There are approximately thirty-five different species of sea horses.
  • They are monogamous and mate for life.
  • They range in size from 0.6 to 14 inches.
  • Males bear the young (I wish we could say that). The female deposits her eggs in the brood pouch of the male. He then fertilizes them internally and carries them until they are ready to hatch.
  • Although sea creatures, they are very poor swimmers because of their body shape and can easily die in turbulent seas.
  • They have no teeth or stomach; food passes through their digestive system so quickly that they must consume 3,000 or more brine shrimp per day to stay alive.
  • Rampant harvesting for traditional Asian medicines – in addition to pollution and habitat encroachment – have brought many species to the brink of extinction.

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In love and friendship,


Amy Hagberg

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