Pygmy seahorses were first discovered by a scuba diver called George Bargibant in 1969. Here’s a short video giving some unusual facts about pygmy seahorses, if the video is slow, you can read the facts below.
They’re less than an inch long. They can change colour. They’re called Pygmy Seahorses and they’re nearly invisible.
The colouring on the seahorses can vary from bright red to dull grey, depending on the coral to which they anchor.
In order to hold onto the strands of coral, the pygmies have prehensile tails, like some species of land mammals and reptiles.
Though their name and appearance suggest otherwise, pygmy seahorses are a species of bony fish, related to bass or salmon.
Because they are so small and well camouflaged, many seahorses were only discovered within the last ten years, so there is still much to learn about them.