We picked a “blooming” beauty for our latest featured iSeahorse observation – a long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) sporting a bouquet of fleshy fronds. This photo was snapped near Stratoni, Greece, by Dr. Miguel Correia, one of our iSeahorse National Seahorse Experts and a member of the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group. The Stratoni … Read more Blooming beauty of Stratoni
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Amanda Vincent has a newly discovered pipefish species named after her! Story originally posted by UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries A new species of pipefish found in Patagonia, Argentina, in the south‐west Atlantic Ocean has been named after IOF Professor Amanda Vincent. Prof Vincent has long led conservation efforts for pipefishes, seahorses and … Read more Happiness is… your very own pipefish
In April we were showered with Bargibant’s pygmy seahorse observations! iSeahorse user nudisusie (aka Susannah Erbe) spotted nearly a dozen of these knobbly cuties clinging to a single seafan in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. But just how many Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses were captured in this snapshot? At first glance, it might look like there’s one camouflaged … Read more How many Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses do you see?
From seahorses to sea turtles to people, Dr Noella Gray reflecting on Project Seahorse’s influence on her career
Dr Noella Gray was a volunteer with Project Seahorse and then did an undergraduate project with Amanda Vincent. She recently visited UBC and we took the opportunity to connect with her. Here she reflects on how her time at Project Seahorse influenced her career… When did you first become passionate about the ocean and about … Read more From seahorses to sea turtles to people, Dr Noella Gray reflecting on Project Seahorse’s influence on her career
This prickly, plum-hued stunner is none other than the hedgehog seahorse (Hippocampus spinosissimus), our featured iSeahorse observation from March. The photo was posted by Evolution Dive Resort, which operates out of Malapascua Island, Philippines. In addition to the Philippines, hedgehog seahorses are found in Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand … Read more Prickly, plum-hued stunner is March’s pick
Our celebrity species this month is Hippocampus trimaculatus, aka the three-spot seahorse. Thanks, iSeahorse user davidr, for spotting this spotless three-spot! Project Seahorse biologist Lily Stanton had a tricky time identifying this fish, as, like Oddball from the classic animated movie “102 Dalmatians”, this specimen lacks the spots adorning their kin. What gave away its … Read more A spotless three-spot seahorse!
Our most recent featured iSeahorse observation is Hippocampus hippocampus, the short-snouted seahorse. Thank you to iSeahorse user Tamsyn Mann for this exclusive snapshot from the English coast. With its wrinkly skin and sandy complexion, this fish looks a bit like E.T.! And it might as well be – while we share a planet with this … Read more Hippocampus hippocampus, the short-snouted seahorse, in the UK
For a miniscule fish, Pontoh’s pygmy seahorse, our species du jour, has caused disproportionately hefty levels of confusion. Thanks to iSeahorse user tantsusoo for a stunning and thought-provoking picture from Raja Amput, Indonesia! So, what’s odd about this observation? Well, the taxonomy surrounding pygmy seahorses is still a tad fuzzy, which makes them hard to … Read more Enigmatic pygmies – our latest featured iSeahorse observation
Our latest newsmaker is Hippocampus subelongatus, a Data Deficient species rarely observed on iSeahorse! This observation is courtesy of Maarten de Brauwer, who is one of our two National Seahorse Experts for Australia. Maarten spied this fine fish in Western Australia, the sole patch of the globe this species is known to inhabit. Fittingly, they … Read more Featured iSeahorse observation – Hippocampus subelongatus, a Data Deficient species
In part two of this three-part series, marine ecologist Emilie Stump reports on threats impacting seahorse habitats and populations in Biscayne National Park, with a focus on the relationship between land use and water quality and the commercial bait shrimp fishery. In my search for seahorses and pipefishes to learn more about these cryptic … Read more The Three Seahorses of Biscayne National Part 2: A park under pressure