By popular request, Fakename is temporarily setting aside her obsession with politics and returning to the fond subject of animals. In this case, we will take a look at the seahorse.
In Panacea, Florida…wait. Before I can go on, I always have to smile at the name of that town. It’s my favorite, beating the previous favorite of Duck Hill, Mississippi. Anyhow, in Panacea, there is something called the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory. Which is a little disappointing if you were expecting something like the Georgia Aquarium. Or for that matter, any usual aquarium. It’s a little sad, actually. But they are desperately trying to do good work with very little money. Their website is a lot snazzier than the reality.
But it’s here that Fakesister and I saw, in September, yellow seahorses. Who knew? I thought they were always brown.
Seahorses are pretty fascinating creatures. They are a fish. They swim upright (and therefore, not very well). As in the picture above, sometimes they anchor themselves using their prehensile tails. Probably just tired of being whisked about by the currents, which their feeble fins are no match for. The males incubate the young in a pouch. Very prehistoric of them.
The photo and much of the information I report is from the National Geographic posting about them, which you can see here. What shocked me was the last sentence. They’re used in Asian traditional medicine. In fact, they are very prevalent. What? Rhino horn, bear bile, and tiger penises aren’t enough?