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.