Five years ago marine experts recorded 40 individual spiny seahorses at Studland and one pair of the short-snouted species. This is great news. Both UK seahorse species, the spiny and short snouted have special protection status but normal human activity can drive them away. The spiny seahorse, also referred to as the thorny seahorse, is a small marine fish in the family Syngnathidae, native to the Indo-Pacific area. I don't think we think of what's in the water because we cannot see it.PandaBp foreverLike if you agree, Spiny seahorses are very rare but are native to the UK, Spiny seahorses are found in the seagrass beds of Studland Bay. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Habitat: Rocky areas, sand/silt ripples and on coral and sponges. Endangered spiny seahorses reappear on British coast due to coronavirus lockdown The endangered spiny seahorse has been able to thrive due to the reduction in boat traffic off the coast of Studland Bay during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic The seahorses are the latest in a list of marine creatures that have been thriving since the worldwide lockdown - a list that includes endangered sea turtles. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The Seahorse Trust also fought for years to finally have Studland Bay designated as a Marine Conservation Zone in 2019. The UK has two native seahorse species: the spiny seahorse and the short snouted seahorse. Short Snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) and the Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) There are two species of seahorse in UK waters: the Short Snouted (above left) and the Spiny (above right, which is also known as the Long Snouted Seahorse). These have been rare in recent times. Location: Along the Atlantic coast from the UK, Ireland and Netherlands to the Mediterranean Sea. We have two species of seahorse in UK seas - the spiny seahorse and the short-snouted seahorse. After the miraculous reappearance of the species, Mr Garrick-Maidment is now calling for a new rule to enforce environmentally friendly moorings for boats to protect the seahorses. An endangered seahorse native to the UK has taken advantage of the lockdown to recolonise its former stronghold in Dorset, marine conservationists have said. yay! Five years ago marine experts recorded 40 individual spiny seahorses at Studland and one pair of the short-snouted species. Use this Spiny Seahorse Spotted Daily News Story (ages 9-11) to share this positive news story for children about the UK’s spiny seahorse making a recovery as 16 of them have been spotted in Dorset. Learn about this animal comeback story and all about World Oceans Day and its theme ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’. Today’s news focuses on how seahorses in the UK seem to be making a recovery. After years of campaigning, Studland Bay was finally designated as a Marine Conservation Zone last year in recognition of the importance of its seagrass habitat and seahorse population. They think that the seahorses have been able to return to their habitat because there have been fewer people and boats in the area since the coronavirus lockdown began. When? (1) One of 2 seahorses found in UK seas, short snouted seahorses are recognisable by their shorter snout - surprisingly enough! The trunk has long thorns which continue until the coronet, which has 4-5. But no spiny seahorses had been spotted in Studland Bay for two years until the new survey - which also saw largest number of spiny seahorses found in a single dive since the charity began recording numbers of the endangered species in 2008. Opportunity for study 'unmissable' as seahorse population increases in UK waters, but boats pose danger to habitat. The seahorses went away because of us, but now not as many of us are going to beaches they have come back. Studland Bay is the only site in Britain where both species are found. The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. Gulp! The spiny seahorse was granted protected status under the UK’s Wildlife and Countryside Act back in 2008. The Seahorse Trust has found 16 spiny seahorses - including pregnant males and a juvenile born this year - during a regular survey dive in Studland Bay last month. Use this Spiny Seahorse Spotted Daily News Story (ages 9-11) to share this positive news story for children about the UK’s spiny seahorse making a recovery as 16 of them have been spotted in Dorset. Learn about this animal comeback story and all about World Oceans Day and its theme ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’. Questions and answers about the news story are included … Have you ever been lucky enough to see one? Spiny seahorses are native to UK waters and were first found at Studland in 2004. The seahorses went away because of us, but now not as many of us are going to beaches they have come back. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. The beauty spot is the only area of UK waters where both the spiny and short-snouted seahorse species have been recorded living together. Also known as the Spiny Seahorse, the Long-snouted Seahorse is recognisable by the fleshy mane on its neck and back. It is classified as a Vulnerable species by the IUCN. Reports of both have been made off the coast of North Devon where the skeleton was found. The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. An endangered seahorse native to the UK has taken advantage of the lockdown to recolonise its former stronghold in Dorset, marine conservationists have said. Mr Garrick-Maidment told Bournemouth News Service: "We have seen so many seahorses because the food chain has recovered, giving seahorses plenty of food to eat, and crucially, somewhere to hide. I hope that they do not leave there home again because of humans and the country coming out of lockdown. I really hope too see one! Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) is an harmless seahorse that can be found in Indo-Pacific: Tanzania and South Africa to Hawaii and Tahiti, north to Japan, south to New Caledonia. Spiny Seahorse photographed in Studland Bay since the easing of lockdown. Damage to the seagrass beds by boat anchors. Read about our approach to external linking. Now, the question is how to go forward from here. We are lucky enough to have two species of seahorse in Sussex – the Short-snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) and the Long-snouted or Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus). n endangered seahorse has reappeared in Dorset because the species has a newly thriving marine habitat due to the coronavirus lockdown, according to marine conservationists. This is good and bad in a way. They live in shallow coastal waters and are pretty poor swimmers, relying on their prehensile tail to cling onto seaweed and seagrass to stop themselves being swept away. Yearly sightings of the spiny seahorse in Studland Bay have dropped from 40 to one over six years Only one spiny seahorse has been seen in an area off the Dorset coast in … Both were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. I think it is so cool that the seahorses are back home! We have two species of seahorse in UK seas - the spiny seahorse and the short-snouted seahorse. This is good though because now we know they are there and they have returned. The Seahorse Trust has bred 22 species of Seahorse successfully (more than anyone else in the world) with two world’s first breeding’s with the British species; the Spiny Seahorse and the Short Snouted Seahorse. We do not want boats and divers banned… but the seahorses need protection to stop them being illegally disturbed again and to stop them from vanishing from the legally protected site. Endangered UK seahorse recolonises during lockdown The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. He explained: "The question is how do we go forward? Type: Fish. Almost 150 million Seahorses a year are taken for the Traditional Chinese Medicine trade, the curio trade and the pet trade. I don't think we think of what's in the water because we cannot see it. Two species of seahorse can be found in coastal waters off the UK and Ireland – the Spiny Seahorse and the Short Snouted Seahorse. These have been rare in recent times. Short-snouted Seahorses are also a protected feature of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone. The Seahorse Trust also fought for years to finally have Studland Bay designated as a Marine Conservation Zone in 2019. Seahorses are fish that choose to swim upright, a tiny fin on their back flicks back and too rapidly to keep them moving. Have you ever been lucky enough to see one? These are sharp with dark tips, and uniformly sized on the prehensile tail. "The seagrass has started to repair itself, and the spiny seahorses have taken advantage of this.". Studland Bay is predominantly home to the Spiny Seahorse but the UK’s other native seahorse, the Short-snouted Seahorse has also been spotted. i hope i see one i've never seen a seahorse in real life before. The Seahorse Trust says this is the largest number found on the site since they began monitoring there in 2008 - before this none had been seen in two years. During one regular survey dive at Studland Bay, the Seahorse Trust found 16 seahorses including pregnant males and a juvenile that had been born this year. They live in shallow coastal waters and are pretty poor swimmers, relying on their prehensile tail to cling onto seaweed and seagrass to stop themselves being swept away. Seahorses are fish that choose to swim upright, a tiny fin on their back flicks back and too rapidly to keep them moving. Both UK species of seahorse have protected status and, following a decade-long campaign, last year Studland Bay was designated as a Marine Conservation Zone. This is good and bad in a way. Image via Neil Garrick-Maidment Studland Bay , Dorset has the highest concentration of seahorses found along the coasts of Britain and is currently the only existing natural breeding site for seahorses in the UK. Now, the question is how to go forward from here. “The seagrass has started to repair itself, and the spiny seahorses have taken advantage of this.” Both of the UK’s native seahorse species – the spiny and the short snouted – were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Both native seahorse species - the Spiny and Short Snouted - are protected after Garrick-Maidment spent 6 years gathering data and submitting it to the authorities. Today’s news focuses on how seahorses in the UK seem to be making a recovery. BBC expert takes on a vaccine Q&A, Incredible eight-mile wall of prehistoric paintings. They are usually brownish in colour and lack the fleshy "mane" seen in the Spiny Seahorse. Spiny seahorses are very rare but are native to the UK An endangered species of seahorse native to the UK has been spotted in British waters for the first time in more than two years. In Studland Bay, Dorset conservationists have found 16 spiny seahorses. (1) Picture credits – Seahorse face: Richard Carey, Dreamstime. The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. The spiny seahorse is a small fish that can reach a maximum length of 15–17 cm. Both species of seahorses are protected in the UK and it is illegal to kill, disturb or take seahorses from British waters. Two species of seahorse can be found in coastal waters off the UK and Ireland – the Spiny Seahorse and the Short Snouted Seahorse. A spiny seahorse (hippocampus guttulatus) in … Spiny Seahorse in Seagrass by Alexander Mustard. Yearly sightings of the spiny seahorse in Studland Bay have dropped from 40 to one over six years Only one spiny seahorse has been seen in an area off … Both of the UK’s native seahorse species – the spiny and the short snouted – were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Boat anchors destroy the sea horses sea reed habitats, and loud noises created by boats and their passengers scare the creatures away. Omg soooooo cool I am happy to see the endangered seahorses swimming ‍♀️ in the UK ! To use comments you will need to have JavaScript enabled. Both of the UK’s native seahorse species were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Damage to the seagrass beds by boat anchors. Size: 10.9cm to 12.5cm in adulthood. Both UK seahorse species, the spiny and short snouted have special protection status but normal human activity can drive them away. Both UK seahorse species, the spiny and short snouted have special protection status but normal human activity can drive them away. Studland Bay is predominantly home to the Spiny Seahorse but the UK’s other native seahorse, the Short-snouted Seahorse has also been spotted. Marine conservationists say they spotted 16 spiny seahorses, including a pregnant male, near Studland Bay in Dorset. I live in the UK so I hope to see one! Long-snouted Seahorse have no teeth and hoover up their food, mainly tiny shrimps. In 2017, as many as six spiny and short-snouted seahorses were spotted in the River Thames in London. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? After years of campaigning, Studland Bay was finally designated as a Marine Conservation Zone last year in recognition of the importance of its seagrass habitat and seahorse population. Sorry to sound weird, but lockdown is doing wildlife a favour!. Endangered spiny seahorses reappear on British coast due to coronavirus lockdown The endangered spiny seahorse has been able to thrive due to the reduction in boat traffic off the coast of Studland Bay during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic An endangered species of seahorse native to the UK has been spotted in British waters for the first time in more than two years. British Seahorses There are two species around British Coastline, the Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus Guttulatus) and the Short Snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus Hippocampus). The Trust’s founder Neil Garrick-Maidment said the “remarkable recovery” made by was due to the reduction in boat traffic and a food chain recovery caused by lockdown measures. 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Both of the UK’s native seahorse species – the spiny and the short snouted – were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Sea turtles: Why lockdown is great news for these endangered animals, Your Planet: This week's news about the environment, Endangered animals: Creatures back from the brink of extinction, 'I want more kids to be able to donate their afro hair for wigs', Who? Both of the UK's native seahorse species - the spiny and the short snouted - were granted protected status in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. hope fully they don't die out wildlife are more important than you think they are, Incredible! Seahorses are a type of fish and are related to Pipefish and Sea Dragons. The Seahorse Trust has found 16 spiny seahorses - including pregnant males and a juvenile born this year - during a regular survey dive in Studland Bay last month. Picture credits – Seahorse face: Richard Carey, Dreamstime. Spiny Seahorse. The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. The team say this is the highest number they have seen in a single dive since they began studying the area in 2008. The spiny seahorse was granted protected status under the UK’s Wildlife and Countryside Act back in 2008. The main distinguishing feature between the two species is the length of their snouts – hence their rather unimaginative common names. The body is slender, elongated and completely covered with thorns. Both UK seahorse species, the spiny and short snouted have special protection status but normal human activity can drive them away. This is good though because now we know they are there and they have returned. The Seahorse Trust has been monitoring seahorses in the the bay since 2008. Also known as the Spiny Seahorse, the Long-snouted Seahorse is recognisable by the fleshy mane on its neck and back. The Seahorse Trust has been monitoring seahorses in the the bay since 2008. The Seahorse Trust has found 16 spiny seahorses - including pregnant males and a juvenile born this year - during a regular survey dive in Studland Bay last month. Thats amazing news! Why lockdown is great news for sea turtles, Neil Garrick-Maidment, founder of conservation charity, the Seahorse Trust, said: "We have seen so many seahorses because the food chain has recovered, giving seahorses plenty of food to eat, and crucially, somewhere to hide.". Both have protected status, meaning that without a proper licence it … I think it's great to see all these animals come back to the wild. Seahorses live in long seagrass that is often damaged by boats and other human activity. The Seahorse Trust says this is the largest number found on the site since they began monitoring there in 2008 - before this none had been seen in two years. We must grab this with both hands, not just for the sea, the seagrass, humans as a species, but crucially for these incredible 'little horses of the sea'.". how? The endangered spiny seahorse has recolonised its former stronghold in Dorset due to the coronavirus lockdown, marine conservationists say. Seahorse in ocean grasses: Lukas Blazek, Dreamstime. I think these animals are scared of us because we put plastic in the sea and make it dirty. In Studland Bay, Dorset conservationists have found 16 spiny seahorses. The UK has two native seahorse species, the spiny and the short-snouted seahorse. During one regular survey dive at Studland Bay, the Seahorse Trust found 16 seahorses including pregnant males and a juvenile that had been born this year. Reports of both have been made off the coast of North Devon where the skeleton was found. 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