🦄 No one knew that pygmy seahorses existed until marine biologist George Bargibant came across one by accident. He was studying sea fans – the gorgonian corals found throughout the world’s oceans – when out popped a tiny seahorse that resembled a swimming chunk of coral. The species was duly named after him. Don’t be fooled by their cuteness or by the timid look in this one’s eye – pygmy seahorses are vicious stealth predators. Their prey is copepods. These crustaceans are extremely hard to catch since they can jettison themselves out of danger at a speed of 500 body lengths per second. Pygmy seahorses sneak up to their prey, getting to within a millimeter before striking, giving the copepod no time to escape. What a truly incredible discovery! Hippocampus Bargibanti AKA Pygmy seahorse is now vulnerable due to degradation to sea fans and reefs all over the world. Photos by michiel.van.staveren #WildlifePlanet
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