Do sharks eat sea horses?
Only by accident. Predators of seahorses include larger fish such as sea-perch, cod, flathead, tuna and snapper and trumpeter-fish. Other predators include skates and rays. Fishermen catch them for the lucrative Chinese market, for medicines and tourist curios. Sharks have been known to eat seahorses, depending on the species of shark. However, on the whole, they prefer to eat larger prey such as bigger fish than seahorses, rays, other sharks, seals, octopuses, squid and sea turtles. They are opportunistic feeders, meaning that if schools of seahorses present themselves as easy opportunity, they would eat them. But since seahorses camouflage and have the ability to change their colour, it is unlikely that sharks would spot such small creatures.
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