These dudes live in the ocean from southern California down to Chile. Seahorses are actually really shitty swimmers, which you can kinda tell when you look at them. Where are your control surfaces, dude? But that’s okay, they compensate with that prehensile tail of theirs, which they use to grab on to coral. Then they wait and slurp up anything small enough that floats by into their little snout. Reproduction in the seahorse world is famously reversed from how we do it. The female shoots her eggs into the male’s baby pouch, and the fertilization happens there. The dad then carries the babies to term, at which point they are completely independent of their parents at birth.
Painting wise, I’m not sooo happy with this one. It looked good in black and white, but I feel like I muddled it up when I went to color.
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