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Seahorses just one of the sea's wonderful sightings
Unique creatures can be found in Southwest Florida waters

Saturday, April 2, 2005
By MARIA LIGHTNER / news-press.com
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK - PARK SERVICE SPECIALIST

From ancient Greek and Roman times, seahorses have always been thought of as magical and mythical creatures.

Poseidon was thought to have ridden these mythical creatures through the water and Neptune would travel through the water on a chariot drawn by horses who could breathe underwater. Now we know that these creatures are not horses at all, but a fish with some extremely unique attributes.

Depending on the species, seahorses range in size from one-quarter inch to a foot in length. There are 35 species known to exist. The seahorse's scientific name, Hippocampus, is a Greek word meaning "bent horse."

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