Poseidon's Steed

Poseidon's Steed

The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality

Book - 2009
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Trails the seahorse through secluded waters across the globe in a kaleidoscopic history that mirrors humanity's centuries-old fascination with the animal, sweeping from the reefs of Indonesia, through the back streets of Hong Kong and back in time to ancient Greece and Rome. Marine biologist Helen Scales eloquently argues that seahorses are indeed fish, though scientists have long puzzled over their exotic anatomy and strange sex lives - male seahorses being the only males in the entire animal world to experience childbirth.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781592404742
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 597.679 SCA


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Mar 01, 2011

Greek mythology casts the seahorse as the ?hippocamp,? a magical part-horse, part-fish beast that pulls the chariot of Poseidon, god of the sea. To modern sea-gazers, the seahorse is simply adorable. It has a charming little silhouette (long snout, round belly, curly tail) and a whimsical love life (a heart-shaped mating dance that leads to papa seahorse bearing babies in a kangaroo-like pouch). The dainty seahorse is also a rare delicacy sold on the streets of Hong Kong?s black market, a supposed cure for everything from baldness to impotency, and a collector?s treasure in aquariums around the world. The delicately balanced undersea ecosystem of the seahorse is at risk, a fact which marine biologist Helen Scales (who learned to scuba dive just so she could someday observe the wild seahorse) is careful to point out. But mostly, Poseidon?s Steed is a love letter to the seahorse, and the author?s passion for the dazzling little critters shows on every page.


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