The Tennessee Aquarium recently received a shipment of wild-caught alligator pipefish. Among this batch of 10 pipefish were two pregnant males, one of which delivered a few babies upon arrival. In the picture above, you can see an adult alligator pipefish in the right-hand side of the picture. In the upper left-hand side, is an acrylic "nursery" for the baby pipefish.
Their tiny eyes look almost comical atop such slender snouts. And according to assistant curator of fishes Carol Haley, the strange-looking, elongated bodies help them avoid predators. "These close relatives of seahorses resemble a string bean in appearance," said Haley. "This helps them camouflage themselves where they live, in sea grass beds and sargassum mats."
Babies hatch after about 3 weeks and are little over a centimeter in length.
Play the Seymore Seahorse's Habitat Safari Game: http://www.tnaqua.org/Seahorses/game/seahorseGame.html