Specially shaped snouts help seahorses sneak up on their prey

11/26/2013 | BBC

Seahorses have a nose for prey; their unique snouts are shaped to create very little disturbance in the water, allowing them to stealthily pounce on their intended meal, according to a study published in Nature Communications. "The seahorse is one [of] the slowest swimming fish we know of, but it's able to capture prey that swim at incredible speeds," said study author Brad Gemmell. Using holography, Gemmell and his team filmed seahorses as they stalked and captured their prey, sidling up to a short striking distance of about 1 mm.

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