The Pacific Seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) is a large seahorse up to 19 centimetres from the top of the head on the coronet (crown) down to the end of the tail.
It is most often found in deep water, as far down as 60 metres, and thrives in the cooler waters off Peru and from as far north as San Diego, California, USA.
The colours of this stunning seahorse vary from dark grey to yellow and they are a distinct solid looking seahorse that seldom grows appendages (cirri) on their bodies, due to the type of habitat they live in.
They belong to the Kuda complex of seahorses and are very similar to the Slender Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi) found on the other side of the South American continent.
It is fished in large numbers and this is of concern to Proyecto Seahorse Peru and The Seahorse Trust. By working together they hope to ensure the future of this species in the wild.