Diving With Seahorses
LETS TALK DIVING WITH SEAHORSE
Did you know there are many seahorses in the Pattaya waters?
There are a few dive sites in Pattaya where we always go in search of them, even though they are usually well camouflaged we would expect to find some for you during your stay here.
Seahorses are fish and they are covered with bony plates, not scales. The male seahorse has a pouch on his belly and during mating, the female lays as many as 2,000 eggs into his pouch. The eggs are then fertilized inside the pouch and It will take between 2-6 weeks for the baby seahorses to hatch and come out. The male squeezes his body to push groups of hatched seahorses out of the pouch. This can take two days and leaves him exhausted. Less than one percent of young seahorses will make it to adulthood.
A seahorse will use its extra-long snout to suck up food. It does not have teeth or a stomach, so food passes through them quickly which requires them to constantly eat to stay alive. Food sources for a seahorse include tiny fish, plankton, and small shrimp.
Seahorses are under threat from overfishing, habitat depletion, and pollution. Seahorses are exploited for traditional Asian medicines and as aquarium fishes. Their habitats are among the most threatened marine environments.