Posts Tagged ‘seahorses’

Anatomy of sea life by Jeff Wysaski

We love these brilliant cartoons by Jeff Wysaski over at pleated jeans.                                                                                     Head [...]


Weird seahorse cousins found in stone for first time

My seahorse fossil-finding friend, Jure Žalohar, has made another amazing discovery.                         Back in 2009 Jure and his friend Tomas found the first fossils of extinct seahorses in his home country of Slovenia. His latest find is the world’s first fossilized pygmy pipehorse – a [...]


Seahorse with dangerous underwear

We’re celebrating our first year of Seamonstering and I want to get things started with my very first post from April 16th last year, featuring one of my favourite seahorse illustrations. A seahorse with underpants decorated in hand grenades? Another with a shi shi hairdo? Well no. These cartoon seahorses are in fact festooned in [...]


The story of seahorses – what happened next? (Final part)

In the third and final installment of my series of posts continuing the story of seahorses following the publication of my book Poseidon’s Steed, there is one more advance in the world of seahorse science I want to mention - followed by the answer to a question I get asked quite a bit: what happened to the [...]


The story of seahorses – what happened next? (Part 2)

Continuing my series of posts this week that picks up the story of seahorses where my book, Poseidon’s Steed left off, here is an update on the international trade in seahorses:   Illegal seahorse trade rages on A study by Vincent Nijman showed that between 1998-2007, around 16 million seahorses were exported from Southeast Asia (along with millions [...]


The story of seahorses – what happened next? (Part 1) Spoiler alert!

Writing a book about seahorses gave me a wonderful opportunity to shine some light into the obscure lives of these fascinating little fish. But of course, the thing about books (at least the old fashioned, paper kind) is that they fix events at a certain point in time when in reality the story carries on. In [...]


Seahorses for christmas

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift then how about some seahorses, in the shape of our very own Helen Scales’ book, Poseidon’s Steed (out now in paperback, kindle, & you might still find a copy in hardback out there too). Here’s a recent review of Poseidon’s Steed from Clare at Learn to Dive [...]


Do the stingray shuffle

If you happened to be listening to BBC Radio 4 today, you might have heard me searching for  dwarf seahorses in  Tampa Bay, Florida. As I’m wading about between patches of seagrass I declare that we’re all doing the ‘stingray shuffle’. The host of the radio show, Saving Species, had a good chuckle and wondered if [...]


London seahorses venture west

                      There’s been another seahorse discovery in the River Thames and it seems they are heading west. A couple of years ago seahorses were found in Dagenham, a suburb in east London. It came as something of a shock to find these delicate creatures living [...]


How to take pictures of pygmy seahorses

Dr Richard Smith knows a thing or two about pygmy seahorses – those ever-so-cute and tiny members of the seahorse family. While researching for his PhD, he spent hundreds of hours watching them in their natural habitats clinging to coral fans on reefs in Southeast Asia. And he’s spent a long time watching people watching [...]


Beautiful sea dragons – new study counts spots

Seadragons look and sound like something that swam straight out of a book of fairytales. But they are very real. Keith Martin-Smith has been watching these beautiful creatures and taking pictures of them for 18 months in Tasmania. And he’s uncovered some of their secrets. When Tasmanian artist William Buelow Gould painted this weedy dragon in [...]


Sustainable supply for the seahorse trade

You’ve probably spotted by now that I have a bit of a thing about seahorses. And despite spending a year researching and writing my book, there’s always more to discover about these curious creatures. A little while ago, I picked up a thing or two from seahorse-keeping guru Shawn Garner at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. [...]


Quest for the curly-tailed horses

                          A little while ago, I made a rather wonderful discovery – I uncovered a forgotten pioneer of underwater filmmaking (and I found some seahorses). It was the title of Noel Monkman’s autobiography that caught my eye: Quest of the curly-tailed horses. And to [...]


10 top tips for saving seahorses

A question I get asked a lot is ‘Are seahorses endangered?’. And my answer, sadly, is yes. So, what can we do about it? Well, here are my top ten tips for doing your bit to save the seahorses:         1. Don’t buy dead seahorses This may sound a little odd. Why would you [...]