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Adorable baby dwarf seahorses born at Tennessee Aquarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 20, 2015 09:00 AM
Adult dwarf seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae) are tiny enough, with an average adult size of 1 inch (2cm). So imagine how incredibly miniscule and cute their babies are. Tennessee Aquarium's H.zosterae gave birth last month to beautiful itty bitty babies.
Adorable baby dwarf seahorses born at Tennessee Aquarium

Baby face to face with a proud papa! For scale, the papa is no more than a inch big!

Hippocampus zosterae regularly breed in captivity so the birth at Tennessee Aquarium isn't groundbreaking (as was the first ever birth of Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses at Steinhart Aquarium almost a year ago to this date).  Still, footage of baby seahorses is always a special treat.

Hippocampus zosterae is one of the smallest seahorses in the world and are a naturally found on the reefs of the Bahamas.  Guinness World of Records also claims they are the slowest moving fish on Earth with a top speed of about five feet per hour (152 cm per hour).  Because of their size and passive nature, they require special care in captivity.  But if you have the dedication, dwarf seahorses can reward you with regular captive breeding and lots of rice-grain-sized darlings.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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