THE PACIFIC SEAHORSE – Hippocampus ingens
Did you know: Most of us already know that male seahorses are the ones to give birth, but did you know that once a Pacific Seahorse finds a mate, they begin a courtship dance with each other. This dance can last eight hours or longer!
The Pacific Seahorse, also known as the Giant Seahorse, is the only one found in the Sea of Cortez. “Giant” is a little deceptive. They “can ” grow to 30cm (1ft) but we don’t see them at this size often. They are most commonly found at depths of around 8-20m, and while they are ‘common’, they are not often seen by divers due to their incredible camouflage. If you do want a higher chance of seeing one, they can usually be found hanging on to the large sea fans that are common in the Cabo Marine Park.
Unlike most other fish they will not swim away when feeling threatened, so it’s important as a diver to make sure all your gear is streamlined and doesn’t hang down where it can come into contact with the corals that these seahorses call home. However, this lack of defense does make them the perfect model for macro photographers.
Sign: pretending to ride a horse, under water, with fins on isn’t easy but it is funny to watch. Guides get awfully excited when they see a seahorse so the signal may be accompanied by a “Yeeeeehaw”.