04 July 2013

Hold on tight! Flickr pic of the day

The Knysna seahorse, as captured on camera by richie rocket

This Knysna seahorse uses its prehensile tail (meaning that the tail has adapted to be able to grasp or hold objects) to hold on to a branch in the Oceans of Contrast: Atlantic Ocean Gallery at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Seahorses are poor swimmers, and are often found resting with their tails wound around a stationary object.

The Knysna seahorse is endemic to South Africa, and is only found in three small water habitats – which means it is at high risk of extinction. Find out more about these fascinating fish (yes, they are fish!) here.

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