: we’re all of us seahorses :

Or, to put it another way, we’re sitting ducks.

Classified as a carnivorous fish, seahorses are found in shallow, temperate waters around the world and have an average life span of one to five years. Well, if they’re lucky, because those poor dudes can’t even giddyup.


Thanks to an awkward body shape, seahorses are clumsy and defenseless, complete stumblebums. Just imagine how tough it would be to swim upright without any arms or legs for ballast. All they have to propel themselves is a tiny dorsal fin. Those wispy, delicate pectoral fins on either side of their head are just for steering. Simply put, they’re hapless swimmers and can easily die of exhaustion in stormy waters.

With little else to do and being such ungainly travelers, seahorses spend their days clinging to plants and grasses, corals, waiting for unsuspecting prey to wander by. Missing the everyday conveniences of teeth and a stomach, they have to graze continuously. Shoot, the only thing that keeps them from being washed away by a strong current is their reticulated tail. They use it to hang on for dear life; it’s their only anchor. Life, for them, is a constant battle to survive.

Ditto for humans. Except we’re battling the petty, unpredictable nature of an orange-haired lunatic with a twitter account. And where, oh where, is our reticulated tail? Caught in the damn wringer.

copyright © 2017 the whirly girl

10 responses to “: we’re all of us seahorses :”

  1. I have a nice photo of a seahorse clinging to a piece of coral. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoney-fish/10100006545/in/album-72157636213756256/) It was in an aquarium – no pollution but confined to a glass case and gazed upon by a stream of visitors.

    I guess that’s better than being a sea cucumber, though. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoney-fish/10100001845/in/album-72157636213756256/)

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    1. Wowza, the seahorse is a gorgeous image! The sea cucumber is interesting and looks a little like a taco? 🌮

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  2. What an interesting post!

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    1. Thanks, that means a lot ☺️

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  3. i’ve always been fascinated by seahorses, now if we can just hang on….

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    1. Me, too! They’re little marvels, in my opinion. Not terribly efficient, maybe, but what an amazing creation!

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  4. Have you seen this photo of the seahorse & cotton bud? You GOTTA check it! Did it inspire this post?
    https://www.sciencealert.com/photographer-explains-the-heartbreaking-story-behind-this-stunning-underwater-photo

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    1. Oh. My. That’s beyond discouraging. I hadn’t seen that picture, but it says so much. Thank you for passing it along!

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      1. So sad huh? I’m really worried about us humans…

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        1. Sad is an understatement. I’m just short of despair, but continue to believe we’ll find a way out of this. Please …

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