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A new chapter for me, and my future in conservation

In this introductory blog Adam Hicks, our new Masters student gives us some background on himself, and what he hopes to at Project Seahorse. Who am I ? In the last two years I have travelled, trekked and transformed my life. I never expected I would leave my job as an Ecologist in the United …

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 …

Blooming beauty of Stratoni

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 …

How many Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses do you see?

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 …

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 …

Prickly, plum-hued stunner is March’s pick

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 …

A spotless three-spot seahorse!

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 …