Are you interested in seahorses? Do you want to know why their life is under threat? Or do you just want to study more about those incredible creatures? Anyway you are at the right place here. On my website I will tell you all about seahorses: their mentality, how avoiding eating shrimps will help them, why are they under threat, how to help them and many more facts that you will find useful and interesting!
Maybe some of you, feel more confident in visiting websites, when you know who host them. Well, if that's your case I might a bit dissapoint you, because I am just a teen-girl, my name is Anel, and I am from Kazakhstan. The only sea we have here is Caspian sea, which is basicaly enormous lake; and I've never been there. Anyway, I've visited other seas. And I always had an interest in mysterious underwater world, and its habitants. I liked seahorses, because they seemed so cute to me! And after finding out about them more they got my interest even more, but the horrible thing is that they are endangered. So to help prevent this little fishes, I've decided to make a website which will raise awareness and suggest relevant solutions!
A lot of people don't think seahorses are truly fishes. And that's not surprising. Seahorses are so much different from other fishes in every way. They have a horse like head, a a prehensile tail like a monkey and independently mobile eyes like a chameleon. But still, they are fishes.
There is other side that makes seahorses unique not only from the other fishes, but from many other living creatures on our planet. It is their feelings and emotions.
I hope by now I've got your interest in seahorses. You see, I didn't provide extraordinary information here. My main purpose is to raise awareness about seahorses' extinction and to motivate more people take action. So, I would never reach my purpose if people here won't love seahorses as much as I do, that's why I put here facts that I considered would help you fall for that incredible creatures. I hope I chose the right facts, and now let's move on to the issue.
To take action about any issue we should know the causes of it. In seahorses' case there are several causes.
Due to the researchs that've been made 37 million seahorses are taken from shallow, lush coastal waters every year, mostly ensnared by indiscriminate fishing gear. Southeast Asia and West Africa are the main regions exporting them. More than half of captured seahorses end up dead, dried and sold internationally for use in traditional medicines (mostly in China). A small percent are plunked into home aquariums, or sold as kitschy souvenirs. Twelve seahorse species are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, one step down from endangered. An additional 17 species are understudied, and listed as Data deficient, which means we don't know enough about them. Two are endangered.
Now, as we know the threads, we can take a look at the ways of solving issue.
Common seahorse (Hippocampus kuda). Vulnerable.
Giant seahorse (Hippocampus ingens). Vulnerable.
Shorthead seahorse(Hippocampus breviceps). Least concern.
Shiho's seahorse(Hippocampus sindonis). Least concern.
Spiny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix). Vulnerable.
Patagonian seahorse (Hippocampus patagonicus).Vulnerable.
Montebello seahorse (Hippocampus montebelloensis).
Three-spot seahorse (Hippocampus trimaculatus).Vulnerable.
Barbour's seahorse (Hippocampus barbouri).Vulnerable.
Bigbelly seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis).Least concern.
Bullneck seahorse (Hippocampus minotaur). Data deficient.
Coleman's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus colemani). Data deficient.
Crowned seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus). Data deficient.
Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise). Data deficient.
Collared seahorse (Hippocampus jugumus). Data deficient.
Dwarf thorny seahorse (Hippocampus pusillus). Data deficient.
Dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae). Least concern.
False-eye seahorse (Hippocampus biocellatus).
Fisher's seahorse (Hippocampus fisheri). Least concern.
Giraffe seahorse (Hippocampus camelopardalis). Data deficient.
Great seahorse (Hippocampus kelloggi). Vulnerable.
Highcrown seahorse (Hippocampus procerus).
Japanese seahorse (Hippocampus mohnikei). Vulnerable.
Jayakar's seahorse (Hippocampus jayakari). Least concern.
Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis). Endangred.
Kyonemichthys rumengani(Kyonemichthys rumengani). Least concern.
Lichtenstein's seahorse (Hippocampus lichtensteinii). Data deficient.
Lomg-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus). Data deficient.
Longsnout seahorse (Hippocampus reidi). Near threatened.
Lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus). Vulnerable.
Pipehorse (Amphelikturus dendriticus). Least concern.
Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti). Data deficient.
Queensland seahorse (Hippocampus spinosissimus). Vulnerable.
Reunion seahorse (Hippocampus borboniensis). Data deficient.
Satomi's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus satomiae). Data deficient.
Sea pony (Hippocampus fuscus). Vulnerable.
Severn’s pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus severnsi).
Short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus). Data deficient.
Softcoral seahorse (Hippocampus debelius). Data deficient.
Tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes). Vulnerable.
Tyro seahorse (Hippocampus tyro). Data deficient.
Walea pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus). Data deficient.
Weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). Least concern.
West african seahorse (Hippocampus algiricus). Vulnerable.
West Australian seahorse (Hippocampus subelongatus). Data deficient.
Western spiny seahorse (Hippocampus angustus). Least concern.
White's seahorse (Hippocampus whitei). Endangered.
Winged seahorse (Hippocampus alatus). Vulnerable.
Zebra seahorse (Hippocampus zebra). Data deficient
Weedy pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus pontohi). Least concern.