News – Saving Seahorses
In an earlier post Repopulating Seahorses in the Arabian Gulf the efforts of The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm in saving seahorses were outlined. It seems efforts in saving seahorses from extinction has not been solely through their efforts, though, The London Zoo has also been making a long term concerted effort to breed and repopulate both long and short-snouted seahorses as well.
Conservationists have managed to boost the numbers of the protected species at the zoo by giving courting seahorses a bit of privacy – separating them from the rest of the group when they look like they are about to mate.
The zoo’s work in boosting the numbers of native short and long-snouted varieties has for the last 17 years been taking place in a warehouse behind the public aquarium. But a special exhibition which opened yesterday has now made it available for all to see.
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Like many freshwater fish, seahorses seem to be much more prolific when they are removed from a community aquarium and given their very own honeymoon suite. By separating the mated pairs there is no interference from other males in the very ritualistic and evident mating dance between the male and the female. Since seahorses mate for life, interference at this point can be quite costly in the species’ continuation.
Saving Seahorses is a worldwide effort
The London Zoo and The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm are not the only locations expending resources in saving seahorses of all varieties from extinction. Efforts to keep them alive and thriving have been going on around the world. It would be such a shame if the only way to revive the species was to have to clone them after the fact, like is currently happening with the extinct Australian frog Rheobatrachus silus We all hope saving seahorses will occur well be fore they are forced into extinction.