21 thoughts on “True facts about the seahorse

  1. “Imagine the business-end of a chicken…” He’s lost me. Not only do I not know which end of a chicken is the business end, I don’t know what business a chicken has.

    Something I’ve never seen explained: sea-horses seem to have an exoskeleton, that people often keep as memento mori of the sea-horse. How does that happen, and how do they stay flexible?

    1. I have a couple of dead seahorses that I found years ago while beachcombing. The skin dries, stiffens, and stretches over the bones, making it look like an “exoskeleton” but it’s really the whole critter, just mummified.

    2. Probably flexible keratin. No doubt, you’ve found an old, but still intact, fingernail clipping every once in a while. Still flexy!

      Or, the skin is delicate chitin (related to keratin but stronger).

      Yeah, I agree…the “business end of a chicken” lost me too

    3. I am old enough to remember when dried seahorses were sold in a five-and-dime store as curiosities, next to seashells. Dried seahorses are used in Asian medicine (an aphrodesiac or something rather ridiculous, sort of like rhino horns are believed to have some properties or other). Some seahorse species are endangered because of this, and there are CITES rules for some… I don’t know details. Wikipedia page has info near the bottom on this topic if you want to read more.

  2. On the other hand, this means more people don’t see anything wrong with the redundant phrase “true facts” 🙂

  3. I’m guessing that popularity of the series has a lot to do with its creator, the legendary Ze Frank, and less to do with biology.

    1. Sorry, I has just dawned on me that that phrase is so bland as to be pointless! There cannot be anyone who visits WEIT who would not want a wider interest in the sciences from our fellows.

  4. I was distracted all the way through by the narrator’s strange pronunciation of the word ‘horse’. “Sea-whores” anybody?

    1. I heard it like that too, all the way through except for once near the end. It was distracting for me too. He is a comedian whom I’d never heard of before; maybe it was on purpose. His voiceover has a sarcastic or sardonic tone which I admit is funny for this series (JAC posted the one on fish a few wks. ago, I think).

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