It can be difficult to spot seahorses in the wild. In addition to their generally small size, they are experts in camouflage, and many of them have similar patterns to their habitat, allowing them to seamlessly blend into coral or seagrass. This helps them both hide from predators and sneak up on prey. Unfortunately, seahorses can’t always hide, and one of the largest threats to their population is illegal capture by humans for use in traditional medicines and home aquariums.
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Status and Conservation