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March 2014

calm seahorse being videoed for research in Spain

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Dear all, I would like to share a beautiful piece of film that was taken by our colleagues Gaynor and Marianne who are monitoring areas of the Costa Brava for the SILMAR project. As part of their studies they filmed and photographed these Spiny Seahorses only using ambient light so as to not disturb the seahorses. As you can see the video clearly shows an incredibly relaxed seahorse that is just moving with the wave action. This is a great piece of video as it shows clearly that if seahorses are approached properly and no light is used they remain very calm and relaxed. Kenna Eco Diving is part of the Seahorse Alliance which was set up to bring together like minded projects around the world to study seahorses in their natural environment.
Contact Gaynor and her team for top quality eco diving and thank you to them for sending us this video.

Refining identification of seahorses

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Just to update everyone on the tagging project at Studland we have changed our approach in the last two years and although it is called a tagging project we no longer use tags.(we will change the name soon) Right from the start we have been refining our techniques and knowledge on how to identify seahorses in the wild (and captivity) and slowly we perfected the photo identification process, which means we no longer have to handle seahorses or put a numbered tag on their necks. We know putting tags on seahorses does them no harm but we wanted to minimise contact with the seahorses to as little as possible. We now photograph the seahorses (without flash as this is illegal) and take pictures of either side of the head. When we get back to the office we look for clusters of patterns in the spots on the head and match them up with our extensive photo database which is part of the National Seahorse database run by The Seahorse Trust. It has taken some time to perfect this technique but we are there and so for the last 2 years we have not used tags at all and relied on the photos.
There is more about this in our 5 Year Report on Studland on this website under downloads at

Lily the Mermaid

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At the moment Lily is in Cambodia checking out the amazing seahorses and will be with Paul and the team from Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) and the volunteers from Projects Abroad  (PA) next week. She will be quite a spectacle as she has taken her mermaids tail with her, so will give the locals and the seahorses quite a shock.

Don’t forget you can sign up to help in the seahorse research in Cambodia by visiting the Projects Abroad website. This year there will be the choice of a second site in the East of the country in the beautiful Kep Province.

There is a link to MCC and Projects Abroad on the links page and Lily the Mermiads website is

Page :  10 11 12   Volunteers for the trust come in all shapes sizes and now it seems species. Lily the Mermaid has knidly offered to support the work of the trust through events. Lily is a professional Circus performer, fire dancer and Mermaid and she has kindly offered to make a small donation from any event she is booked to do specifically when booked in aid of The Seahorse Trust. Check out her website and see what lily and her fellow performers can do and if you are dong a fund raising event for the trust you can book Lily or her team (and don’t forget Percy the Seahorse dragon who can also be booked).

Volunteering team find increasingly rare seahorse

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A team of volunteers from Kenna Eco Diving’s Marine Research and Conservation team found two adult Spiny Seahorses (Hippocampus guttulatus) at Cala Montgo in Spain. The team were doing an underwater litter clean up and came across the yellow seahorses. One was female but they could not identify the sex of the other one. Unusually the seahorses were out in the open and the survey team is not sure why; they are usually found in the seagrass beds (Posidonia oceanica) and had probably been disturbed.

These beautiful seahorses are becoming rarer in this area due to many reasons so it was good to find them.

Kenna Diving run projects using eco-diving volunteers and through their projects, they are beginning to understand more about this very fragile habitat and the myriad of species that live in their area.

S3 H.guttulatus Gaynor Rosier