Seahorse Adoption Scheme

Help The Seahorse Trust to save seahorses by adopting one of our British Seahorses.

For just £4 per month (Minimum 6 months applicable) – You will get an ID card with information about your Seahorse, a Seahorse Trust Pinbadge, Certificate of your Seahorse adoption, a Seahorse Trust sticker and a fluffy toy Seahorse.

Also the Seahorse Trust will send you our newsletter which will be sent to your registered email address.

Don’t forget to gift aid your donations we can claim 25p for every pound you have donated from tax you have already paid from the government.

dried up seahorse close up

Adopt Jubilee

Jubilee represents all seahorses found in the UK and further afield

We have chosen Jubilee to represent all the seahorses around the UK and further afield in celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Seahorses are very majestic, regal and serene, and Jubilee encompasses all this in one seahorse. We have, through the work of The Seahorse Trust found seahorses all around the British isles and we got them all protected in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This work could not have been done without the help of so many volunteers, sending in sightings to us.

seahorse in vegetation

Adopt Usti

Cherokee Indian name meaning “Little”

Usti is a female Spiny Seahorse who was found by Lin Baldock; Lin has found many Seahorses for the British Seahorse Survey and has a keen eye to find them. Tiny was found by Western Ledges in Dorset attached to the seagrass.

When she is fully grown she will be about 8 inches (20.5 cm) from the top of her head to the end of her tail.

small seahorse

Adopt Atsadi

Cherokee Indian name meaning “fish”

Atsadi was found in the River Tamar where it turns from salt water to fresh in the brackish area, in fact he was more in the freshwater than salt.

Over the years we have found quite a few Seahorses in brackish areas up rivers and in estuaries and we think that this is because they are hunting for the small Mysis shrimp that move in and out with the tides.

The range of Seahorses is quite diverse and can be found up rivers and in shallow waters and right out to the deep waters of the sea with the deepest recording so far at 257 feet.

yellow seahorse

Adopt Namid

Chippewa Indian name meaning “Star Dancer”

Namid was studied by our assistant project Office John Newman, he spent almost three months going underwater to study Namid and his partner Muraco (which means “White Moon”) during which time he got pregnant and gave birth 3 times. Namid was very hard to find as his colours and the fact he sat very tightly against a small piece of weed made him disappear, so teh fact John studied him for so long is amazing. This is the first time somebody has studied the same pair of Seahorses in the wild for such a long time.

tiny seahorse

Adopt Peta

Black Foot Indian name meaning “Golden Eagle”

Peta is a very young Seahorse to be found and was caught in a shrimp net; she was floating around with a large swarm of shrimps, which we think she was eating. Because of the various types of habitats to be found in Torbay it has both species of Seahorse living there and another Seahorse was found a week later about 100 yards from Francis but it was a Spiny Seahorse.

inflated bellied seahorse

Adopt Chowilawu

Hopi Indian name meaning “Joined together by water”

Chowilawu is a fully adult male Spiny Seahorse and he is fully pregnant, judging by the size of his belly he would have given birth within a few days of this picture being taken. The fifty (babies) would have been born after a contraction period of up to 12 hours and up to 500 fry would have popped out of the pouch within a few seconds.

dirty seahorse

Adopt Niyol

Navajo Indian name meaning “wind”

Niyol was found in a Lobster pot in Swanage in Dorset and is a female Spiny Seahorse. Like all Seahorses Spiny Seahorses can change their appearance by growing spines (cirri) or by changing colour.

Niyol looks like she has had a bad hair day as her spines have accidently trapped sediment which helps her in blending in and hiding from potential predators.

The British Seahorse Survey relies heavily on the help of fisherman and divers sending in their sightings of Seahorses they find.

seahorse in hands

Adopt Machk

Algonquin Indian name meaning “bear”

Machk is the largest Seahorse ever recorded by the British Seahorse Survey from the top of his tail he measured a full 9inches (20cm). Spiny Seahorses can be big prickly Seahorses but he was a major surprise to us and makes us realise how much more there is to learn about Seahorses in the British Isles and in other parts of the world.

The more work we can do in the survey the more we can learn about these amazing creatures and make sure their future is a secure one.

seahorse wrapped around seaweed

Adopt Tangakwunu

Hopi Indian name meaning “rainbow”

Tangakwunu was found amongst the pontoons and boats of the marina attached to the weed, she is a young seahorse and we know there are a number of Seahorses breeding in this area. When Stumpy is fully grown she will be about 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) from the top of her head to the end of her tail and should live for up to 6 or 7 years.

Adopt Catori

Hopi Indian name meaning “spirit”

Catori is a beautiful adult Short Snouted Seahorse who was in very good health when she was found in a lobster pot off Portland in Dorset. Seahorses are often found in lobster and crab pots and we think they are attracted there by the small shrimp that feed on the bait put into pots to attract the crabs and lobsters. Because of the amount of Seahorses found in these pots we value the information given to us by fishermen, they have an indepth knowledge that helps us in our research.