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Living on one of our dive sites, this mystical little chap, seems to have set up home amongst the vegetation on the rocks. We couldn’t agree more with the Author and Marine Biologist Helen Scales, who once said of Seahorses: "They remind us that we rely on the seas not only to fill our dinner plates, but also to feed our imaginations." Using their tail to hang on objects such as seaweed and branching corals, Seahorses are found in both temperate and tropical waters and are expert at camouflage.After much debate over the years, scientists finally agree that Seahorses are fish. They breathe using gills, have a swim bladder to control their buoyancy, and are classified as 'Actinopterygii', the bony fish, which also includes larger fish such as Cod and Tuna. Seahorses have interlocking plates on the outside of their body, and this covers a spine made of bone. While they have no tail fins, they have four other fins - one at the base of the tail, one under the belly and one behind each cheek. Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction as they are threatened by harvesting, habitat destruction, and pollution. As they are hard to find in the wild, population sizes may not be accurate for many species. You can help Seahorses by not purchasing souvenir seahorses, not using them in your aquarium, support seahorse conservation programs, and avoid polluting water by not using chemicals in your garden and use only eco-friendly household cleaners. This way we can preserve these mystical creatures for our next generation. Thank you to our diver Christian, for sharing his beautiful photograph.
Photograph courtesy of our good friend Christian