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I had just started a shore dive, and was specifically looking for the seahorse after finding out that it had been spotted in the site I was in. I found it almost immediately upon descent, clinging to some seaweed against a rocky wall that is right next to a jetty and swaying somewhat as the water was slightly choppy in the shallower depths! I'm not sure of the seahorse's exact scientific name.

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Western Spiny Seahorse - Photo (c) seahorses_of_the_world, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
bonniewaycott's ID: Western Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus angustus)
Posted by bonniewaycott over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Welcome to iNaturalist! I'm so pleased to see another diver based in Japan!
I haven't been diving out by Oki or in the Sea of Japan yet, but I think the major sea horse that you would see out there is Hippocampus coronatus, the normal タツノオトシゴ. I know them come in many different colors, though not sure about this white, however to my untrained eyes it looks, it looks like a match.

Posted by sudachi over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Crowned Seahorse - Photo (c) Leo D'lion, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
saralourie's ID: Crowned Seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus)
Posted by saralourie over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Crowned Seahorse - Photo (c) Leo D'lion, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
rileypollom's ID: Crowned Seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus)

Thanks for posting! It's great to have observations starting to roll in from Japan. And yes Sudachi is correct - this is the high-crowned seahorse, Hippocampus coronatus.

Posted by rileypollom over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Crowned Seahorse - Photo (c) Leo D'lion, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
sudachi's ID: Crowned Seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus)
Posted by sudachi over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Western Spiny Seahorse - Photo (c) seahorses_of_the_world, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
bonniewaycott's ID: Western Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus angustus)
Crowned Seahorse - Photo (c) Leo D'lion, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
Community ID: Crowned Seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus)
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