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Of seagulls and seahorses

Our latest iSeahorse featured observation is a well-timed shot of a snapped-up short-snouted seahorse. Marina Gorbunova (melodi_96 on iNaturalist) beheld this beak-beleaguered Hippocampus hippocampus on the edge of the Black Sea.

This is a very exciting encounter from a scientific perspective. When Project Seahorse published a review paper in 2010, summarizing what was known about the predation of seahorses, the only known gnawer of short-snouted seahorses was the loggerhead sea turtle.  As far as we can tell, this is the first visual record of a seagull eating a short-snouted seahorse. And while four seagull species were previously noted ...more ↓

Posted on October 08, 2019 18:01 by projectseahorse projectseahorse | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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iSeahorse is a tool for seahorse science and conservation. You can upload your observations via this project page, or via www.iseahorse.org, our full-featured project website.

iSeahorse harnesses the power of citizen scientists — anyone, anywhere in the world who sees a seahorse in the wild — to improve our understanding of ...more ↓

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