Pipefish -  A Weird Cousin of the Sea Horse

unquestionably sea horses are one of the most bizarre looking sea creatures. Pipefish, a close cousin is even weirder. Look at these fishes and you will agree with me.

Along with sea horses and sea dragons, the pipefish belong to the group Syngnathidae. There are thousands of species living in the oceans.

Like their sea horse brethren, the male pipefishes also do parenting duties like carrying eggs and also “giving birth”.

Most of the pipefish species live in the coral reefs. Some can also be spotted in sea grass beds. Here are some more photos of them.

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Biofluorescent Marine Animals

Animals may use florescence for may different reasons. 

This bream may use it’s fluorescence to camouflage itself among coral, as it is just as intense as the coral behind it.

The lined seahorse may use it for camouflage or for their elaborate mating rituals.

In sharks it may be used to distinguish between male and female sharks.

The video for this is pretty neat, if you have about 15 minutes of spare time, I highly recommend watching it.

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