Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality

By Helen Scales

A attention-grabbing trip with the ocean creature that has captured human mind's eye for hundreds of thousands of years

Poseidon?s Steed trails the seahorse via secluded waters around the globe in a kaleidoscopic historical past that mirrors man?s centuries-old fascination with the animal, sweeping from the reefs of Indonesia, during the again streets of Hong Kong, and again in time to old Greece and Rome. over the years, seahorses have surfaced in a few not likely areas. We see them immortalized within the ornamental arts; in tribal folklore, literature, and old fable; or even at the pages of the earliest scientific texts, prescribed to regard every thing from dermis lawsuits to baldness to flagging libido. Marine biologist Helen Scales eloquently exhibits that seahorses are certainly fish, although scientists have lengthy wondered over their unique anatomy, and their very unusual intercourse lives?male seahorses are the one men within the animal international that have childbirth!

Our first seahorse imaginings seemed six thousand years in the past on cave partitions in Australia. the traditional Greeks referred to as the seahorse hippocampus (half-horse, half-fish) and despatched it galloping throughout the oceans of mythology, pulling the ocean god Poseidon?s golden chariot. The seahorse has even been the guts of a modern day foreign artwork scandal: A two-thousand-year-old winged seahorse brooch was once plundered through Turkish tomb raiders and offered to the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in New York.

A publication that's as captivating because the seahorse itself, Poseidon?s Steed brings to lifestyles an aquatic treasure.

Seahorses lead quiet lives, tucked away out of sight at the seafloor. it truly is infrequent to capture a glimpse of a seahorse in its average habitat. yet whether few have obvious one dwell, those unique, doubtless prehistoric creatures exist particularly vividly in our imaginations and so they have mesmerized scientists, artists, and storytellers all through time with their otherworldly rarity.

Poseidon?s Steed is a sweeping trip that takes us from the coral reefs and seagrass meadows of Indonesia the place many seahorses makes their ordinary habitat to the again streets of Hong Kong the place a thriving black industry seahorse exchange is hid. all through historical past, seahorses have surfaced in a few unforeseen locations and Scales additionally follows the seahorse again in time, from our so much rudimentary seahorse imaginings six thousand years in the past on cave partitions in Australia, to the myths of historical Greece.

Scientists have lengthy questioned over seahorses? strange anatomy and their very unusual intercourse lives. And male seahorses are the single men within the animal global that have childbirth! Seahorses will not be what scientists name a ?keystone? species. They depend upon a fit ocean to outlive, however the marine environment doesn't depend on them. yet their smooth good looks reminds us that we depend at the seas not just to fill our dinner plates, but additionally to feed our imaginations.

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