Underwater horse ride ….

 
This seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) was found on the shore during a field collecting trip to Xhora along the Wild Coast (SA) during the month of August 2008. These species are specialised fishes that characteristically have a small mouth at the end of a tube-like snout.
 

Photo: Kevin Cole

Seahorses evolved in the oceans about 40 million years ago. Every year about 20 million are caught in the worlds oceans (to be sold as curios or used for medicinal purposes). 5 species of seahorse occur in southern African waters (worldwide there are 30-40 different species).

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Conservation Biologist East London Museum South Africa
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