Aquatic Anthropic

The ocean has long infatuated mankind with it’s mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Over 80% of our planet is covered in water and that water is home to all sorts of wonderfully colorful and exotic animals!

As humans, we have a funny habit of applying our worldview to others – indeed, we approach the animals of the ocean in such a land-driven way that we tend to name those animals land-related names (sea cow, sea urchin, sea anemone, sea lion, sea monkeys!)

We adapt our landlubber perspective to the sea rather than thinking what it is, as itself. We tend to do that with a lot of things, whether in the ocean or otherwise. Just think of the sound and color spectrum we perceive vis ร  vis that of other species. How we experience the world is not how all beings do.

The seahorse, as seen by humans.

So while we as a species like to name things in our image, it is in celebration of these animals in the largest environment on earth that we have created our own raku seahorses! They are great for hanging in a window, on a wall, over a bed, in a washroom, at a cottage – wherever you like.

You can even call them underwater horses, if you like. In our case, these underwater horses are hanging in the air (confusing, we know).

These little raku creatures will swim their way into your heart and for a short time they are available for $40 including shipping in the US and Canada! That means that you are able to celebrate along with us all that makes us landlubbers tick – whether it’s naming ocean things land names or not being able to hear ultrasonic frequencies like our cat overlords (Chairman Meow wrote that).

If you had were to rename “seahorses” to a non-land derived name, what would you call them?

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  1. If I had to rename seahorses, I would probably go back to my Greek mythology for a name. Oceanids were water nymphs in the ocean (as opposed to naรฏads in fresh waters on land) and I think would suit seahorses for a new name.

    1. Perhaps it makes it more relatable? I noticed an article about koalas saved from the fires in Australia also being given individual names as it made it easier for the volunteers to emotionally manage the number of animals. Perhaps naming things in ways that we understand is how we as humans prefer to connect.

    1. Mermaids are definitely interesting as well. I have always loved the mystery that goes with them as well.

  2. Oceanequine? Equestroseas? (Sounds so grammatical)
    Seaquines! Nah, too sparkly.
    Horseas. Too cute.
    Seaquests.
    โ€œWatch zee graceful seaquest az ee stalk zee femole weeth eez gracefool mo-shun not zo mooch swee-meeng but not zo mooch floateengโ€
    Jacques Cousteau

  3. As humans, we have a funny habit of applying our worldview to others โ€“ indeed, we approach the animals of the ocean in such a land-driven way that we tend to name those animals land-related names (sea cow, sea urchin, sea anemone, sea lion, sea monkeys!)

    I’m ashamed to admit that this has never crossed my mind before, which might just prove my epiphany of the year. Oh, they’re beautiful, the shimmery tungsten-pale-pink one (bottom right) is my favourite. ๐Ÿฅฐ I would call them Filigrees methinks.

    1. I wonder if we do that so we can relate to things more easily that we don’t understand? It is definitely very human-focused, but I understand the appeal more.

      I do like Filigrees.

    1. Thank you! I like your name as well. Their faces really do look like horses, so I definitely understand the equineness!

  4. Yeah- I remember looking at these medieval woodcuts of sea monsters- and basically people would just assemble different parts of familiar animals to describe whatever unfamiliar sea animals they saw. Bonne travail ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    1. I guess it makes sense that if one does not have words for something that combining the words you do have together helps make it understandable. I can empathize with that while also seeing that it limits the reality of what something actually “is”

      1. True dat- I also kind of wonder if the mariners that saw them were so blown away by the experience that their brains simply registered them as say a giant pig with fins (which was an illustration of a whale- before they knew what whales were).

  5. I love Sea Horses. I have always thought they were very Mystical. I am sure there is much more to Sea Horses than meets the eye. I have never seen one in the real world but I have a couple of ornamental ones that I bought. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lovely! Are the ones you have made of wood or what kind of material was used? Are they wall hangings?

      1. They are wall hangings. Shame you cant upload photos in the comment section or I would show you. One is ceramic pink and turquoise and glittery. The other is silver metal with a green glassy type centre and a blue marble type eye. Both lovely. I’ve always loved seahorses.

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