The Pygmy Seahorse

At Sabang Point, as I was guiding one of our divers at the Coco Divers, Coco Beach’s own dive center, we passed by a small ridge at around 14 meters. We saw a small fan coral on that ridge and went closer to look at it. While looking at the branches of the fan coral, we saw a Pygmy Seahorse trying to hide itself from us and from a few fish who wants to eat it.

Here’s a little background of the Pygmy Seahorse so non-divers (and even divers who have yet to see one) can appreciate this small wonder of nature. 

The Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) is one of the smallest seahorse in the world. It is very small that it's less than 2 centimeters in size (that’s only two-thirds of an inch!) and they live exclusively on Fan Corals. There are two common colors for this seahorse: Grey with red spots and Yellow with orange spots. They normally use their colors to camouflage themselves from their predators. This seahorse is also very shy and normally moves slowly from one branch to another to hide. Adult Pygmy seahorse are usually found in pairs or a cluster of pairs. 

As you can imagine, finding a pair or one of these tiny seahorse in a vast ocean or sea is an amazing find. Good thing Puerto Galera is one of the spots where you can find these Pygmy Seahore - if you know where to look. A lot of our divers at the Coco Divers who come from all over the world requests to see one during their dive.

Another interesting fact about the Seahorses...

Did you know that it's the male, and not the female, that becomes pregnant in seahorses. The female lays her eggs in the pouch of the male seahorses. The male fertilize and incubate the eggs until they give birth after around two weeks.

I’m glad I’m human and not a seahorse! 


Ino Pausanos
Suba Diving Instructor at Coco Divers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:00:00 PM Categories: Diving
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