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Interesting facts about Seahorses
•Seahorses prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together.
•They swim upright and avoid predators by mimicking the color of underwater plants.
•Except for crabs, few marine predators eat the seahorse - it is too bony and indigestible.
•Because of their body shape, seahorses are rather inept swimmers and can easily die of exhaustion when caught in storm-roiled seas.
•Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach. Food passes through their digestive systems so quickly, they must eat almost constantly to stay alive.
•Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life.
•Seahorses engage in an eight hour courtship dance which includes spinning around, swimming side by side and changing colors.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.
The ancient Europeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld to give them safe passage and protection until the met their soul's destination.
Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and therefor revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.
Celtic meaning of the seahorse is they are a good luck charm of the oceans bringing sailors safe voyages and courage. It is also a the Celtic animal sign for those born May 13th – June 9th
Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm too.
Other symbolisms of this fascinating creature are: Patience, Protection, Perspective, Inflexibility, Persistence, Friendliness, Contentment, High-Perception and Generosity/Sharing.
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