Also known as California Seahorse, Galapagos Seahorse, Giant Seahorse, Ingen's Seahorse, Pacific Giant Seahorse.
Found singly or in pairs, anchored with their tails, camouflaged in the branches of gorgonians and black coral trees.
They feed on tiny invertebrates which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-60m
Widespread Eastern Pacific
Pipefishes and Seahorses are unique in that the male gives birth! The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth.
They attach to anything they can get their tail around, even each other usually close to the bottom to blend in with their surroundings.
Seahorses are a threatened species because it is sought after for Chinese medicine. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/3284