Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fact of the Day: Sea-Monster Horsie

The Seahorse's scientific name is Hippocampus. It is derived from two Greek words meaning "sea monster" and "horse". 

20 comments:

Kay said...

It sounds so much like hippocanthus which is an area of the brain. Sea monster? But they're so cute.

Nini said...

in german hippocanthus is hippocampus :D

Bob Bushell said...

Sweet.

Unknown said...

Not monster! It is beautiful and graceful! :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Hardly a monster, though. It's just too cute.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Coolness.

Emmylou said...

Agree with the first comment....sounds like a brain part, which must mean they're smart, right? :D

Adam said...

that area is also known as the hippocampus, the area of the brain was named after it's resemblance to the sea-horse.

Christine said...

Interesting, nice photo.

DEZMOND said...

we do love them so mysterious

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Fascinating! I knew what "hippo" meant but not "campus." Thanks for the info!

Nina said...

And....in the world of sea horses, the males give birth!

Pilar Domínguez said...

So beutiful this animal! kisses:)

stephen Hayes said...

Nina beat me to it: the males give birth, not the females.

Pat Hatt said...

Males giving birth, yeah that is a monster lol

Dana said...

I was fascinated with them as a kid.

Elisabeth said...

I love seahorses! We have a great restaurant with that name in Helsinki! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

xxx
E from Helsinki, Finland
http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

Theresa Mahoney said...

I always wished I could have my own!

DeniseinVA said...

You know, I've heard of the word Hippocampus but have long since forgotten what it meant. I love sea horses and am enthralled with the different kinds, like the leafy sea dragon. They are all amazing but those are something special.

Anna-Alina said...

Seahorses looks pretty. Always like them.