By Helen Scales
A attention-grabbing trip with the ocean creature that has captured human mind's eye for millions of years
Poseidon?s Steed trails the seahorse via secluded waters around the globe in a kaleidoscopic background that mirrors man?s centuries-old fascination with the animal, sweeping from the reefs of Indonesia, in the course of the again streets of Hong Kong, and again in time to historical Greece and Rome. over the years, seahorses have surfaced in a few not going areas. We see them immortalized within the ornamental arts; in tribal folklore, literature, and old delusion; or even at the pages of the earliest clinical texts, prescribed to regard every little thing from dermis proceedings 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 heart of a modern day overseas artwork scandal: A two-thousand-year-old winged seahorse brooch used to be plundered via Turkish tomb raiders and bought to the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in New York.
A booklet 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's infrequent to trap a glimpse of a seahorse in its average habitat. yet whether few have visible one stay, those unique, likely prehistoric creatures exist fairly vividly in our imaginations they usually 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 traditional habitat to the again streets of Hong Kong the place a thriving black industry seahorse alternate is hid. all through background, seahorses have surfaced in a few unforeseen locations and Scales additionally follows the seahorse again in time, from our such a lot 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 one men within the animal global that have childbirth! Seahorses aren't what scientists name a ?keystone? species. They depend on a fit ocean to outlive, however the marine atmosphere doesn't depend on them. yet their gentle attractiveness reminds us that we depend at the seas not just to fill our dinner plates, but additionally to feed our imaginations.