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What is the most ridiculous thing you've heard about seahorses?

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Even today, with easily checked facts,  people say all sorts of crazy things about seahorses.  What is the most "out there"  thing you've heard about them?

I'll start -  that seahorses make musical sounds during the full moon when it's time to mate.
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You can put them in any type of tank and feed them pellets. :o
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True that!
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I'm not sure that its ridiculous but I am still surprised by the amount of people who didn't think that seahorses are real :) 
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That mermaid's ride on them...wheeeeeeeeeeeeee
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I'm not sure that its ridiculous but I am still surprised by the amount of people who didn't think that seahorses are real
At the beginning of my daughters 7th grade class they had to introduce themselves and tell what their parents did for a living.  My daughter told the class that she sailed down from Massachusetts and that her parents bred seahorses.  She got in trouble with the teacher for exaggerating and lying.  According to the teacher, breeding seahorses was impossible.  We ended up going to the school and explained that we did take the summer to sail down from Massachusetts and that we do breed seahorses for a living.  This was a school teacher that didn't believe that seahorses were real and totally discounted my daughters adventures while sailing.  Our sailing adventure did include hooking something that was too big to bring on board, having he Navy with their gunships escorting us out of a secure area in New Jersey, getting dismasted in Atlantic City, being attacked by a gazillion Green Horseflies in New Jersey, dodging the squalls in the Chesapeake, dock next to a Tom Petty Concert, swimming with Alligators and Dolphins at the North and South Carolina border, loosing our keel in South Carolina and sailing to race against Hurricane Irene through Georgia and Florida.    My daughter learned more during those 3 months than she had through 3 months of school.  After that the teacher never questioned her.

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 :o Dan, I think that's great...your daughter will never forget that trip or the beginning of her 7th year in school. I could just imagine the look on the teacher's face when you went up to school and told her that in fact you did breed seahorses for a living  :-[ LOL...what a great story! What a great trip that must have been... 8)
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Dan, that is amazing! OMG I hope you walked into the classroom with a bag full of seahorses and plopped them down on the teachers desk. Now that teacher will be nervous about doubting ANY of their students stories.
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I realize teachers are people but I expect(ed) more from a teacher!   The trip was great.  Many stories and some great memories from the trip.

Dan
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That is true! Don't you dare say otherwise. LOL! I love Aquaman cartoon because it would show Aquaman & Aqualad riding on giant seahorses. LOL!

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I'm not sure that its ridiculous but I am still surprised by the amount of people who didn't think that seahorses are real
At the beginning of my daughters 7th grade class they had to introduce themselves and tell what their parents did for a living.  My daughter told the class that she sailed down from Massachusetts and that her parents bred seahorses.  She got in trouble with the teacher for exaggerating and lying.  According to the teacher, breeding seahorses was impossible.  We ended up going to the school and explained that we did take the summer to sail down from Massachusetts and that we do breed seahorses for a living.  This was a school teacher that didn't believe that seahorses were real and totally discounted my daughters adventures while sailing.  Our sailing adventure did include hooking something that was too big to bring on board, having he Navy with their gunships escorting us out of a secure area in New Jersey, getting dismasted in Atlantic City, being attacked by a gazillion Green Horseflies in New Jersey, dodging the squalls in the Chesapeake, dock next to a Tom Petty Concert, swimming with Alligators and Dolphins at the North and South Carolina border, loosing our keel in South Carolina and sailing to race against Hurricane Irene through Georgia and Florida.    My daughter learned more during those 3 months than she had through 3 months of school.  After that the teacher never questioned her.

Dan 

Sounds like it would make a great film!!
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I think it's amazing when people come to my home for the first time and my grandchildren are here and they say, "Come and see Grandma's seahorse's" and of course they look at me, and I say sure, go ahead...and they are amazed at what they see...or when they say, "Oh, I didn't expect them to look like that? Well, what the heck did you expect them to look like? I want to say, did you think they had a saddle on them? Geeze, really now...or when they say, boy, they're ugly...then I want to tell them, well, who think's you're so cute yourself...UGH! The worse was when I brought my granddaughter to pre K and showed some picture's to the teacher and the kids when we were a bit late to school one morning, because we had surprise babies that morning, and it was a substitute teacher...she said, Oh I think my mother eats seahorses in soup...she was from Asia...I really wanted to throw up...OMG...I said NO...she said...Oh yes, she does, but she didn't like it...That was it, I was horrified for quite a while after that...I knew that they ate turtles, because I had seen them in their markets, but seahorse...to this day, I really think she was mistaken...YUCK and double YUCK! Sorry...you have to draw the line someplace...I honestly have lost my taste for most seafood and am starting to lose it for meat too lately...
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Donna, I have the opposite problem from you - I was a vegetarian for 18 years, and started eating meat again about 5 years ago, and I *really like* seafood. It's absurd, considering how invested in keeping fish I am as pets. I haven't decided if I would eat a seahorse; I suspect it would depend on my mood on the day it was offered to me. But in all honesty, I might. I'm sure that sounds terrible, but they *are* fish. My bigger concern would be if they were sustainably fished. That, and I feel like it would almost be like eating a bug, because of their armored skeleton. I've heard some insects taste good, but the idea grosses me out.
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  :o Think I'll skip the bug and the seahorse soup thank you...I would imagine they might have them in a dried form and then reconstitute them in the soup, don't think they are alive...
Ahhh I had to google it, and did come up with the recipe...sorry, don't think I could ever do it...

http://www.a1-asianrecipes.com/healthy-recipes/dried-seahorse-soup.php

There's also a youtube one, but it's just a broth...no dried one's there...not exactly something I would eat.
Don't think you would either Tami...not after you see it. >:(
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