Repopulating Seahorses in the Arabian Gulf
It is always great to hear of the efforts to protect and rebuild a species in danger of extinction. Seahorses in the Arabian Gulf are just such an endangered group. According to this important article, seahorses of all types are on the brink. These new fry re just the size of a small fingernail. See the picture in the actual article for a very visual graphic how tiny a herd of over one hundred Hippocampus Hystrix Seahorses really are!
“The birth of any threatened species helps us further our goal of educating and enlightening people about marine life and ecosystems,” says Steve Kaiser, Vice President of Marine Sciences and Engineering, Atlantis, The Palm. “By releasing a number of these new seahorses into the Arabian Gulf, we hope to help bring their numbers back from the brink.”
For the immediate future, however, these tiny fry are housed at the Lost Chambers Aquarium in a small tank and protected from any predators. They need time to grow and mature before they are introduced into their new home in the Arabian Gulf when they re large enough to eat the zooplankton that makes up their adult diet. For the present time, though they are eating myosis and brine shrimp as well as Cyclops. Small foods like brine shrimp can be grown in a DIY hatchery at home for any newborn fry.
Seahorses in the Arabian Gulf are threatened by humans
Both species of seahorses in the Arabian Gulf are endangered. It would seem that all seahorses are threatened by the needs of humans for their medicines and for decorative uses. We don’t really need to wipe a species off the face of the earth for our vanity, now do we?
All seahorses are endangered. They are exploited due to medicinal properties and decoration. Guests can do their part to preserve this beautiful species by not purchasing any products made from them such as medicinal or decorative keepsakes.
As an aquarist, one grows to respect the diversity and the integrated ways that the species in the world interconnect. I never realized that the seahorse was under such pressure by our need for nautical designs. I am not sure what medicinal use these little creatures may offer to traditional medicine, but hopefully an alternative can be found that will reduce the pressure on these unique sea creatures that fascinate young and old alike.
It is time that we reduce our need and pressure on seahorses, I know I won’t be using any furniture or other creations that include the remains of actual seahorses in them. What do you say?