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Magic of seahorses

Photograph: Steve Trewhella
Photograph: Steve Trewhella

The Guardian has an extract from an amazing new book about seahorses – Poseidon’s Steed by Helen Scales.  It’s filled with beautiful, vivid descriptions:

Should we presume these odd-looking creatures were designed by a mischievous god who had some time on her hands? Rummaging through a box labelled “spare parts”, she finds a horse’s head and, feeling a desire for experimentation, places it on top of the pouched torso of a kangaroo.

This playful god adds a pair of swivelling chameleon eyes and the prehensile tail of a tree-dwelling monkey for embellishment – then stands back to admire her work. Not bad, but how about a suit of magical colour-changing armour, and a crown shaped as intricately and uniquely as a human fingerprint? Shrink it all down to the size of a chess piece and the new creature is complete.

And fascinating facts: Continue reading Magic of seahorses

Protecting seahorses in Britain

An anchor-free zone has been created in Dorset’s Studland Bay to protect Britain’s biggest seahorse breeding colony.  Locals have mixed feelings about this, some worrying about a decline in boating visitors.

Britain’s population of seahorses appears to be on the rise, but connections with global warming have been downplayed.  Factors behind the jump in seahorse sightings include the general public’s increased awareness of their existence and the way internet makes it easier to report and gather data.  Neil Garrick-Maidment, Director of the UK’s Seahorse Trust, believes  fluctuations in populations of seahorses – and other sea life – are chiefly influenced by the constantly shifting Gulf Stream.   Daily Telegraph.