More than 140 baby white seahorses, also known as Sydney seahorses, have recently been released across the city’s harbor in a seahorse recovery project.
After a dramatic decline in seahorse numbers in Sydney Harbor over the last decade, the project aims to increase hippocampal populations through breeding programs at the Sydney Aquarium. The baby seahorse is then returned to the wild and ready to breed and breed.
The venture is also expected to allow marine species to be removed from New South Wales’ list of endangered species.
The curator of the Sydney Aquarium Laura Simmons said the September 9th release was a major milestone.
“We are now in the second year of a multi-year project aimed at recovering the endangered white seahorse,” Simmons said in a media release.
“Today, we are very proud that more than 140 tagged white seahorses have been released into the wild. To help white seahorses thrive, everywhere in Sydney Harbor and on the east coast of Australia. I hope it will breed. “
The white seahorse Named after John White, a First Fleet surgeon who brought Australia the first stage of European settlement. They are medium-sized seahorses, one of four specifics known to occur in the waters of New South Wales.
Colors are unpredictable as they change with mood and habitat. It is also known as one of the slowest swimming fish in the ocean, despite promoting fins.
David Harasti, senior marine scientist at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industry (DPI) Fisheries Department, said the project gives hope to the species in the port of Sydney.
“Last year, the white seahorse was designated as an endangered species in New South Wales. This captive breeding program gives hope to this iconic and mythical marine species and contributes to its growing numbers in the wild. I hope we do, “says Harasti.
The White Seahorse Restoration Project includes collecting seahorses, breeding aquariums, moving to a man-made habitat called the “Seahorse Hotel”, monitoring, and releasing wild seahorses.
It also includes the restoration of the meadows of the seagrass Posidonia Australis in the port of Sydney. These meadows are smaller in size and are important for seahorses as habitats.
This is a collaboration between Sydney Aquarium, DPI Fisheries, Ocean Youth, Gamei Rangers, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), and Taylor’s Wines.