Seahorses just one of
the sea's wonderful sightings
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."