Ready, steady, NOM! Seahorses are syngnathids—meaning “fused jaw.” Instead of gulping their food, they attack it with a sudden slurping strike.

Note: The “smoke” snorted from the back of the seahorse’s head isn’t a sign it’s transforming into a sea dragon—it’s a plume of oils and food bits exiting through the gill flap as the seahorse breathes out.

You can see these Pacific seahorses in our newest special exhibition ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge.



Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage

Tiny and delicate, pygmy seahorses survive by attaching to vibrant corals where they become nearly invisible to both predators and researchers. Now, biologists at the calacademy have successfully bred them in captivity for the first time. Finally, they’re able to study the seahorses’ amazing act of camouflage up close. 

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Learn more about pygmy seahorses at KQED Science.