Today’s Hermipedia Feature: Seahorses of Hermit Island
Seahorse Physical Description:
Seahorses of Hermit Island present atypically from most seahorse species. They are significantly larger at heights reaching over 6 feet, and they can weigh as much as 200-300 lbs.
They do not have scales like other sea species, but color spotted, grey-ish toned skin stretched over their bones in a ring-like fashion. These rings continue down to their coiled tails, and present in brightly colored stripes.
Seahorse Function and Navigation:
The ringed stripes in their seahorse tails serve as sensors to determine the exact proximity to any object nearby in the sea, and give them a heightened ability to navigate the treacherous Hermit Bay sea floor filled with striking uggies.
Their coiled tails also allow them to spring, and hop either above or below the surface of the sea. Seahorses of this species can reach top speeds of over 30 mph. This seahorse species can also leap into the air as high as 30 feet.
The seahorses have ability to breathe both above and below water, allowing great agility and flexibility to their environments, and they can navigate both water and land easily by hopping and springing with their tails.
Hermit Island seahorse species have combed fins at the top of their heads varying in shape and color. Each head fin is distinct to the individual seahorse. Seahorses have long snouts, designed to suck up food, and very large black eyes providing them excellent vision.
Disposition of Seahorses:
This seahorse species present very tame, friendly and intelligent. They can be trained to listen and respond to various calls and prompts, and learn to take instruction and direction well. The seahorse species can be domesticated pets, much the same as dogs, and can be ridden the same as a horse on land. The natural curve of their backs provides a perfect sitting area for riding.
The seahorses of Hermit Island live in the deep sea of Hermit Bay, where they can rest at the bottom seagrass if so desired. With their excellent vision, they can see any predators approaching easily, and work and communicate in groups to alert each other of any dangers.
Hermit Island seahorse species will pair and mate for life. During courtship, they swim side by side, and hold tails. They dance circles around the seagrass together, and change the colors of their head fins, skin spots and tail stripes while circling.
Medicinal Purpose of Seahorses:
The colored spots or pores on their seahorse skin can secrete an herbal liquid that can be used for medicinal purposes such as skincare, sun burn or skin rash, or to protect any cut or laceration. The secretion supplies antibacterial protection.
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