Diver spots rare seahorse off UK coast
Biologists have been treated to a sighting of a rare seahorse of the coast of the UK.
Mark Parry, a development officer with the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT), was surveying seagrass near Plymouth in Devon when he spotted the long snouted seahorse, also known as a spiny seahorse.
Mr Parry said: “After seven years of working in seagrass conservation for the Ocean Conservation Trust, it was humbling to experience this rare seahorse sighting, as it highlights the significance of what we’re trying to do with our seagrass restoration work.”
Long snouted seahorses are native to UK waters, but their numbers have been in decline in part because of the destruction of seagrass.