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For the first time a researcher from Project Seahorse has been able to film the West African seahorse (Hippocampus algiricus).
Project Seahorse has been working with Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London to investigate the seahorse trade in West Africa. Kate West, a graduate from Imperial College and one of Project Seahorse's researchers saw the seahorse in a trap when she was travelling with local fishermen. She managed to talk the fishermen into releasing it but not before she had filmed it.
You can read more about the story here at the University of British Columbia's...
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A report in the Bournemouth Echo states that a recent drop in spiny seahorse numbers off the coast of southern England may be due to illegal clam fishing.
It is illegal to disturb, injure or kill seahorses in the UK and they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. The seagrass beds which is the spiny seahorses' natural habitat is also being protected by Poole Harbour Commissioners who have placed buoys around the seagrass beds and a Southern Sea Fisheries bylaw prohibits fishing there.
As yet the actual cause of the seahorses' deaths is unknown and some put the blame on a combination of...