December 2017 Update: The Dance of a Seahorse

I am excited to announce the launch of this newly designed website! Please let me know what you think.

I’m also thinking of forming a small team of beta readers—readers who are interested in reading chapters of my upcoming debut novel The Oyster Thief and providing feedback. It’s a great opportunity for avid readers who want to influence a live work. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, please send me a note at info@soniafaruqi.com.

In the November 2017 update, I talked a little about Coralline and Izar, the two protagonists in The Oyster Thief. The story features some animal characters too, in addition to human ones. (Yes, it’s still a book for adults, but it’s an underwater odyssey and I’m finding it great fun to have animal characters in the story!)

The animal characters are based on true traits of their species. One of them is a seahorse.

Here’s what I’ve learned about seahorses over the course of researching them.

  • Romance: Many kinds of seahorses are monogamous. Even after their mate dies, they don’t seek a new one. They’re also big on keeping the romance alive—some seahorses, such as the lined seahorse, perform a ritual dance of greeting with their mate every morning to reestablish their bonds. Also, unusually in the animal kingdom, it is the male seahorse who bears the young.
  • Individuality: Lined seahorses can be distinguished by the beautiful crown-like pattern on their head called a coronet, as unique for each individual as a human fingerprint. (It’s not very visible in the photo above but can be seen when looking at a seahorse from the front.)
  • Sneaky: Seahorses have a greater ability to change color than a chameleon; they camouflage themselves easily to blend with their surroundings.