9Hippocampus abdominalisMatt Weber: August 27, 2013 | 35,075 views
The Hippocampus abdominalis, or pot-bellied seahorse, is among the largest of the seahorse species and can grow to an amazing foot in length. Although they may not look it, pot-bellied seahorses are actually very strong swimmers, unlike many of their peers. Those speckled markings allow them to blend in with their environment – which is usually weedy or rocky.
This guy has another excuse for his extra-large tummy: he’s pregnant! When it comes to reproduction, amazingly it's the male seahorses that carry and deliver the live babies. Something this fellow doesn't really look too happy about!
8A Bit Down
Cheer up, seahorse! This delicate-looking fellow seems a bit down. Maybe it's thinking about the plight of seahorses all over the world where mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs – the habitats of these delicate creatures – are being destroyed. Two of the main causes for this unfortunate destruction are pollution and warming seas.