Small Fins, Big Eyes, and Open Hearts

Captive seahorses know we’re watching. Many people seem surprised to learn that “seahorse watching” is a two-way street. My seahorses spend at least as much time observing me as I do staring in through the glass at them. Two years ago, at Christmas, I decorated a little tree and put it in my office. Every evening, my male seahorse, Cygnus, clung to the front of the tank to watch the lights. They quickly learn to recognize the camera (in my case, an iPhone) and usually peek out to investigate when it draws near. I watch them, they watch me–and I see intelligence in

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