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Fort Fisher Finds Way to Feed Seahorses

By Peter Biello

Wilmington, NC – Seahorses in Fort Fisher Aquarium have a new item on the menu: rotifers.

Adult seahorses can eat brine, but it is too big for the babies. So the aquarium is now serving rotifers, plankton tiny enough to fit into baby sea-horse mouths. Curator Hap Fatzinger says freshly hatched brine shrimp, or sea monkeys, will also feed the 60 seahorses in captivity.

We aren't successful 100% of the time with 100% of the animals, but we do our best with the animals that we are available to provide appropriate size and quantity food source for.

Fatzinger says within the next few months the aquarium will build an improved breeding system to boost its seahorse population. He says Fort Fisher aquarium supplies seahorses to aquariums around North Carolina and the United States.