Summer is the time for horsing around. Did you know that there is a horse in the Chesapeake Bay — the lined seahorse! Let's see how much you know about this amazing creature.
1. Seahorses, which mostly cling to underwater grasses, are sometimes found hanging on to crab pots, ropes or pilings. What part of its body does it use to wrap around these objects.
B. Arm-like Growths
2. The lined seahorse eats:
B. Eelgrass Seeds
C. Sea Wheat
D. Tiny Crustaceans
3. What is unusual about father seahorses?
A. They incubate and give birth to their young.
B. They take care of their children until they are old enough to have children of their own.
C. Young seahorses ride their father's long, curled tail until they can swim on their own.
D. They sit on the seahorse nest.
4. The lined seahorse is able to change color to match its surroundings. How does this help the fish?
A. It helps it hide from predators.
B. It helps it hide from prey.
C. It helps it play hide & seek with other seahorses.
D. Answers A & B.
5. How does a lined seahorse capture its prey?
A. It stays very still, then grabs prey swimming by with its tail.
B. It stays very still, then snatches prey swimming by with its fins.
C. It stays very still, then sucks prey swimming by into its tubular snout.
D. Lined seahorses only eat plants and don't have to capture their prey
6. Why is it hard to see the fins of the lined seahorse?
A. They are invisible.
B. They are microscopic.
C. They move too fast — beating 20–30 times per second — to be easily seen.
D. The seahorse does not have fins.
7. What is special about a lined seahorse's eyes?
A. Each one is a different color, which offers the creature two perspectives of its world.
B. They are striped, which makes the animal's ability to camouflage itself even more effective.
C. They move independently of each other, which allows the creature to quickly scan its surroundings.
D. If one eye is lost, it is able to grow another.