Hooked on Lined Seahorses

Learn more about the habits and natural behaviors of the National Aquarium's lined seahorses.

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The lined seahorses on exhibit in our Surviving Through Adaptation gallery are some truly fascinating fish—yes, they're fish! Named for their distinctive stripes or lines and their equine head shape, these seahorses use their unique prehensile tails to hitch onto plants and reeds in their grassy habitat where they wait to slurp up tiny prey.

Watch and listen as Aquarist Thomas Studer tells us about these surprising ambush predators that are native to the Chesapeake Bay.

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