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Endangered seahorse species returned during quarantine

The charity The Seahorse Trust has confirmed that 16 seahorse individuals from the endangered species of spiny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) have been sighted around Dorset, England. This is the largest group of these creatures seen in the region since 2008, when monitoring began. During just one dive in Studland Bay, 16 spiny seahorses were discovered.
Published: June 15, 2020 - 00:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:06
Endangered seahorse species returned during quarantine

The charity The Seahorse Trust has confirmed that 16 seahorse individuals from the endangered species of spiny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) have been sighted around Dorset, England. This is the largest group of these creatures seen in the region since 2008, when monitoring began.

During just one dive in Studland Bay, 16 spiny seahorses were discovered. Among the sightings were two pregnant males and two juvenile seahorses. Experts are under no illusion that this fantastic turn of events is due to the quarantine caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spiny gannets have not been seen in local waters for many years. The last time a representative of this species was recorded was in 2018, but it was dead. Prior to this only 2 live individuals had been seen since 2008, which is when monitoring of Dorset waters for this species began.

Representatives of The Seahorse Trust believe that this is due to the quarantine in force in the British Isles. This has resulted in a complete cessation of boat traffic and the dropping of anchors, which have a very negative effect on these animals.

“We have seen such a large group of seahorses because the food chain has recovered, giving the animals plenty of food and, above all, opportunities to hide. Also the seagrass has started the recovery process.” – Garrick-Maidment said

Previously, the large number of vessels and the “ploughing” of the bottom with anchors had seriously compromised the condition of the seagrass, which translated momentarily into the population of, among others, the spiny lobster.

Source: bbc.com, The Seahorse Trust

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