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November 12, 2008

Swarms of Seahorses

Would you like a swarm of seahorses?  Voila!  These juvenile lined seahorse and dwarf seahorse beauties – Hippocampus erectus and Hippocampus zosterae – were popping up in seine nets by the dozens.  So were at least two species of pipefish, juvenile permit, seagrass blennies, bay anchovy, juvenile needlefish, juvenile redfish, comb jellies and a wide array of macroalgae. 

The orange coloration on the one juvenile H. erectus was truly surprising.  I promise you that animal came straight out of the IRL.  Before now, I’ve never seen one so strongly colored in the typically dark lagoon.  I almost wonder if he’ll make it much past his juvenile-hood.