Pipefish

Pipefish are hard to spot underwater, as they have excellent camouflage. They slowly drift over the seabed with the current, and you can easily take them for a stick or dead branch.

Pipefish are related to seahorses. They belong to the same family of Syngnathidae, hence they share the same long tubelike snout. Just like seahorses, it’s the male that incubates the fertilized eggs.

The most common of the pipefish in East Africa is the double-ended pipefish (Trachyrhamphus bicoarctatus).

Pipefish, Memba Bay, Strait of Mozambique.
Pipefish, Memba Bay, Strait of Mozambique.

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