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Estuary Seahorse

Hippocampus kuda

Description:

I THINK this is the Estuary Seahorse and not the 'Common Seahorse' Hippocampus taeniopterus, but if anyone thinks different please let me know. Found snorkeling over sandy area. This species is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN and all seahorse species are protected from international trade by CITES.

Notes:

Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Poseidon/Neptune, and the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power. Europeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld - giving them safe passage and protection until they met their soul's destination.

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3 Comments

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 9 years ago

Thanks Gerado!
Muckpuk - This was just on a snorkel at my local beach! I'm not on a dive trip, but am based in Puerto Galera, Philippines and doing lots of diving :]

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting !

Muckpuk
Muckpuk 9 years ago

R you on a dive trip??? :-)

SamanthaCraven
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SamanthaCraven

Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 10, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

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