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Y'all, The Seahorse Is A Real Thing And We Are All Blessed With Its Existence

Seahorses. Forever.

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In case you don't know, seahorses are the most majestic creatures in the whole wide world.


They're unique.


A bit unusual.


And quite susceptible to the outside world.

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However, despite their small stature, seahorses are able to withstand "crushing forces that would destroy nearly every other living creature."


Why? Because seahorses have a flexible armor of bony plates that slide past each other during compression, allowing a seahorse to basically collapse upon itself.


So, yeah, seahorses are pretty badass. But they're also a supremely extraordinary animal.

They have the head of a horse...


A long snout like an anteater...


The tail of a monkey mixed with a serpent...


A pouch like a kangaroo...

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Chameleon-like eyes that move independently of each other...


And skin that changes to better blend in with the surroundings.

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You probably already know that seahorses are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male gives birth...

But did you know that they're also the only fish with a neck?


And one of only two fish with the ability to swim vertically?


Cool, right? But that's not all.

Seahorses are also romantic and hold tails during courtship so they don't drift apart in the current.

And on top of all the characteristics that make the seahorse unique, each one has a distinct crown (coronet) — like our fingerprints — meaning no two seahorses look alike!

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And let's not forget that the Greek god Poseidon's chariot was pulled by seahorses.

And since less than 1% of all young seahorses survive to the age of maturity, seeing one is basically like seeing a unicorn.


Only better, because seahorses are real, y'all.

Seahorses, forever.

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