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Seahorses are cunning predators, new study shows

Seahorses are slow-moving, awkward creatures but are masters of stealth when catching prey, according to marine scientists at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Their study was published Nov. 26 in the journal 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,” co-author Brad Gemmell, a research associate at UT’s Marine Science Institute, said in a university news release. The seahorses’s favorite dinner consists of tiny crustaceans called copepods, which are some of the “most talented escape artists in the aquatic world,” Gemmell said.

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