I first assumed this little guy here was a seahorse like any other. Turns out it is a cousin; if you may say. Holding up a scientific name:
Fun facts: They do not have teeth & the male carry the eggs – as do sea horses and pipefish.
They are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ based on the IUCN Red List 2006 which does imply they are at a lower risk at extinction but are in dying numbers primarily due to habitat loss than illegal trading.
Photo reference: Taken at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. It’s a ‘through-the-glass’ shot, not an underwater one! They even had a gorgeous set of jelly fishes and a show involving dolphins & seals which was an interesting sight.