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White’s seahorse: one of two Endangered seahorse species

We took a little break from posting featured iSeahorse observations, but we are back at it again! To kick things off we are featuring this gorgeous White’s seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) photographed by user Peter “fiftygrit” in New South Wales, Australia.  White’s seahorse was recently listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, one of two … Read more White’s seahorse: one of two Endangered seahorse species

Amanda Vincent – Savior of Seahorses – 2020 Indianapolis Prize Finalist

Prof. Amanda Vincent became the first biologist to study seahorses underwater in 1986. Ever since, she has been the leading authority on the ecology and conservation of seahorses and a protector of marine life. In 1996, Amanda co-founded and still directs Project Seahorse, an international organization committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s … Read more Amanda Vincent – Savior of Seahorses – 2020 Indianapolis Prize Finalist

Small and mighty (Why the weedy pygmy is going strong)

Our latest iSeahorse featured observation comes from Daniel Schofield (djscho on iNaturalist) who captured this wonderful weedy pygmy (Hippocampus pontohi) amidst the pink corals of Indonesia. The weedy pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus pontohi) was named after the Indonesian dive guide, Hence Pontoh, who discovered it. As with most pygmy seahorses, it grows to ~ 1.5 centimeters … Read more Small and mighty (Why the weedy pygmy is going strong)

Gentle (underwater) “giant” of Galapagos – the Pacific seahorse

This month’s featured gem of citizen science goes to Rémi Bigonneau (remi_bigonneau on iNaturalist) for this dazzling shot of the Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. Extraordinarily large for a seahorse, Pacific seahorses – also known as Giant seahorses – can grow to 31 cm long and are rivaled only … Read more Gentle (underwater) “giant” of Galapagos – the Pacific seahorse

The “amazing race” to uncover seahorse trade and exploitation in the Philippines

We recently set out on an amazing race, criss-crossing the Philippines by plane, boat, bus and car in less than 3 months, to uncover seahorse trade and exploitation. We discovered that 1.7+ million seahorses are caught per year in the Philippines, compared to over 4 million per year 20 years ago. Despite international trade (CITES) … Read more The “amazing race” to uncover seahorse trade and exploitation in the Philippines

New hope for seahorse conservation 18 years after CITES listing- Part 2

I’m on a plane again – this time heading home. I’m excited to get there – my cousin is getting married this weekend and so there’s lots to celebrate. But truthfully I’ve already been celebrating! Just as my cousins will soon embark on a new chapter in their lives, so have seahorses embarked on a … Read more New hope for seahorse conservation 18 years after CITES listing- Part 2

Of seagulls and seahorses

Our latest iSeahorse featured observation is a well-timed shot of a snapped-up short-snouted seahorse. Marina Gorbunova (melodi_96 on iNaturalist) beheld this beak-beleaguered Hippocampus hippocampus on the edge of the Black Sea. This is a very exciting encounter from a scientific perspective. When Project Seahorse published a review paper in 2010, summarizing what was known about … Read more Of seagulls and seahorses

New hope for seahorse conservation 18 years after CITES listing

I still vividly remember finding out that all seahorses had been listed on CITES* Appendix II. It was November 2002 and I was in Chicago, sitting in the lobby of the Shedd Aquarium (a long time Project Seahorse partner). My phone rang. It was Amanda Vincent, Project Seahorse director, calling me from Chile to tell … Read more New hope for seahorse conservation 18 years after CITES listing