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Big-Belly Seahorse Video Stock Footage

The big-belly seahorse has a forward-tilted, a long-snouted head, a distended but narrow pot belly, and a long, coiled tail. It swims using its dorsal fin with a vertical stance when not swimming, it coils its prehensile tail around any suitable growth, such as seaweed, waiting for planktonic animals to drift by, when they are sucked up by the small mouth set at the tip of the snout much like a vacuum cleaner. Seahorses are voracious feeders, eating mainly crustaceans, such as shrimp, and other small animals living among the seaweed, such as copepods and amphipods. They do not chew, so they can eat to excess because of their small gut tract. Each eye moves separately, making it easier for them to see food and predators. Learn more about Big-Belly Seahorse

View related species in family group: Seahorse and Pipefish

Animalia: Chordata: Syngnathiformes: Actinopterygii: Syngnathidae: Hippocampus abdominalis

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