Seahorse

Seahorse

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Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda), bred in captivity at Seahorse Ireland, the world's first seahorse farm. This species is able to change colour and camouflage among surrounding structures, such as the yellow rope in the background. The seahorses are bred in large tanks with constantly circulating water and fed on a diet of plankton and algae. Seahorse Ireland supplies animals to the aquarium trade and is developing technology that enable farmers in Asia to conserve local stocks. Female seahorses produce up to 2,000 eggs, which are transferred to the male's brood pouch for fertilisation and incubation. Many species are endangered through overfishing for the aquarium and traditional Chinese medicine trade.

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