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pygmy seahorse

For the first time ever, I was able to get a decent shot of a Pygmy seahorse on the last dive of our trip. This is the largest of the Pygmy species, Bargibant's Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), but even still it's smaller than your thumbnail. Such weird creatures on so many levels. 1/2 an inch long, live their whole life in a particular coral, eat the coral and then the coral lives inside its body in raised lumps on the skin that make it blend in perfectly with its home/food source. After mating the female injects the fertilized eggs into the male and HE carries the eggs till the baby sea horses are born. Here I have photographed a VERY pregnant male that looks about to pop!

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Taken on December 6, 2012