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While diving with my son Dan in Lembeh, Indonesia, I came across this seahorse hiding behind some seaweed. Unlike most other fish, seahorses swim upright, propelling themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second. Steering is accomplished with tiny pectoral fins located near the back of the head. Most seahorses aren't very big, ranging from smaller than a thumbnail to more than a foot long. Our find was about 3 inches tall. Seahorses are experts in camouflage, and have similar patterns to their habitat allowing them to seamlessly blend into coral or sea grass. They have prehensile tails that can grab objects and are the only type of fishes who have them. Since they have no teeth and no stomach, food passes through them so quickly and they must eat almost constantly to stay alive. They can consume 3,000 or more brine shrimp per day. Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. They greet each other every day with an intricate dance that includes spinning around, swimming side by side and changing colors. When it comes time to breed, the female places eggs in a small pouch on the male’s body who is then the one who gives birth
Seahorse is hand-dyed in Sarasota, Fl by KittyBea Knitting.
This Largo base is 50/25/25, Alpaca, Silk, and Linen.
Hand wash, cold dry flat
438 yds/412m 100g (3.5oz)
Gauge 7-9 sts =1" on US 0-3 (2mm-3.25mm)
Exclusive to A Good Yarn