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Hitchhiking Seahorses

Seahorses are hitchhikers. They can travel long distances across the ocean—farther than they can swim—by attaching themselves to floating seaweed and debris.

Throughout the next day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit: Joel Butnick, Guylian Seahorses of the World 2005. Courtesy of Project Seahorse

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Seahorses Make A Racket

Seahorses make noise! Seahorses make noises that can be heard underwater similar to the sound of smacking your lips. They make them during feeding and courtship.

Throughout the next day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit: Erin Porter c 2011 (Hippocampus erectus)

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A Cold-Water Seahorse

Seahorses are not just tropical creatures. They can be found in colder waters like those found off New Zealand, Argentina, Eastern Canada, and the UK. This long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) can be found in UK waters.

Throughout the next day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit: Peter Ryngaert/ Guylian Seahorses of the World 2005. Courtesy Project Seahorse.

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Seahorse Lovebirds

Throughout the day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian  which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Most wild seahorses (here the thorny seahorse Hippocampus histrix) are monogamous and some species mate for life. Searching for mates can be difficult and risky since seahorses are poor swimmers, found in low densities and rely on camouflage to hide from predators. By remaining faithful to one partner, the pairs have more time to undergo more pregnancies during a single mating season and, ultimately, have greater reproductive success. The pair-bonds of monogamous seahorses are reinforced by daily greetings (see next slide).

Credit:Bettina Balnis/Guylian Seahorses of the World 2010, Courtesy Project Seahorse

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Despite tensions in other political arenas, the United States and Russia can agree on one thing: there should be no illegal fishing in the Arctic Ocean.

Check out the story in The Daily Catchhttp://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/u-s-and-russia-work-together-to-save-arctic-from-unregulated-fishing/

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Longspine Seahorse

A Longspine seahorse off the coast of South Africa.

Did you enjoy this series of seahorse posts over the past several days? Would you like to see similar series about other animals? Let us know by leaving a comment in the post and be sure to follow our Marine Species Collection and +The TerraMar Project!

This series was put together by our friends at +Smithsonian and can be found here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit: FishWise Professional

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Seahorses Have Monkey-Like Tails

Seahorses are the only fish species that can hold your hand! Unlike most fish that use their tails for swimming, seahorses, such as this big-belly seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis), use their monkey-like tails to hold onto objects in their environment, like corals or seagrass.

Throughout the next day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit:Richard Ling / www.rling.com

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A Pregnant Seahorse

Instead of females, male seahorses carry the developing seahorse embryos in a kangaroo-like pouch. During mating season, the female deposits her eggs into the pouch, and the male fertilizes them. After about two weeks of development, out pop the seahorse fry, ready to swim off and explore the ocean world. Here is a very pregnant short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus breviceps) in Australia.

Throughout the next day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit:Rob Peatling, Flickr

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Dancing Seahorse Pairs

Seahorse couples (such as these Hippocampus histrix) greet each other every morning with a unique dance that sometimes involves changing color. The couple promenades and pirouettes together for several minutes before separating for the rest of the day. They greet each other as a way to confirm the other partner is still alive, reinforce their bond and synchronize their reproductive cycles.

Throughout the day we'll be sharing seahorse facts compiled by our friends at +Smithsonian which you can check out here: https://ocean.si.edu/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

Credit:Herwig Helsen/Guylian Seahorses of the World 2010. Courtesy of Project Seahorse.

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Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Expand the comments section for the transcript and links to stories:
http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch

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Welcome to Global Ocean TV™, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m Rob Foos, and I’m excited to share this story from Ibiza highlighting Posidonia Oceanica, a seagrass species endemic to the Mediterranean.

To tell us a little bit more about this important plant, I’ll hand it over to Ellie Crisp of the Green Teen Team Foundation. Over to you, Ellie.

Ellie:

Thanks Rob.

I’m the Executive Director of the Green Teen Team Foundation. The objective of the foundation is to empower children to be able to make changes to their lives, the lives of others and the life of the planet by engaging children with nature via worldwide projects that connect with nature organisations, schools and social groups.

The world’s environment is changing before our very eyes, and that is especially evident off the coast of Ibiza in the Posidonia Oceanica prairies.

Posidonia oceanica is found in areas with moderate currents and transparent waters, which is why the beautiful Mediterranean Sea is the only place this spermatophyte calls home. Posidonia oceanica colonises seabeds some 30 to 40m below the surface, grows very slowly, but has an incredible lifespan!

In May 2006, a team of international scientists discovered a Posidonia oceanica plant between the islands of Formentera and Ibiza measuring 8 km long and estimated to be more than 100,000 years old, making it the “largest living organism ever documented” in the world!

It grows horizontally and can cover large areas of the seabed, and it also grows vertically leading to the formation of barrier reefs, which can reach 2m in height. Posidonia oceanica stabilises the seabed and protects the coastline from storms.

Each year, the first autumn storms deposit large quantities of its dead leaves on the coast, creating yet another natural barrier by preventing beach erosion and protecting the sand dune systems.

On 4 December 1999, UNESCO designated the prairies of Posidonia oceanica as a World Heritage Site under the denomination Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture. The ocean prairies are also protected by the Habitats Directive of the European Union, highlighting the area as a priority habitat due to its environmental importance.

Despite all this, there is growing pressure on this underwater ecosystem, which is very sensitive to environmental changes.

To talk about the threats to Posidonia oceanica, I’ll turn it over to Mariano Marí.

Mariano:

Thanks Ellie.

I’m Mariano Marí from GEN-GOB Eivissa.

Adequate protection of Posidonia oceanica should be a primary concern for a variety of stakeholders in the Balearic Islands. The beauty and transparency of our seawater and the quality of the sand on the beaches are pivotal to the preservation of the underwater prairies. This directly impacts tourism, affecting many livelihoods. Adequate protection should also be of interest to the fishing sector, which needs the shelter provided by the prairies to protect juvenile fish and maintain healthy fish stocks.

Despite all this, there is growing pressure on this underwater ecosystem, which is very sensitive to environmental changes.

Not only are rising ocean temperatures, which seriously affect the entire Mediterranean, threatening the Posidonia oceanica, but human activity is also placing this precious plant at risk.

Urban development along the coast, particularly the construction of seawalls, marinas, and piers, significantly impact Posidonia oceanica.

Contamination from the illegal dumping of wastewater by purification plants, coastline towns and boats is ruining the delicate balance of the ecosystem by introducing substantial quantities of nutrients.

With increased boating activity in the area, many yachts are resorting to anchoring in the protected bays and severely damaging the prairies. This is a particularly avoidable activity by requiring boats to anchor on sandy bottoms or by increasing the number of ecologically installed mooring balls.

Overfishing is another problem. In addition to the small fleet of local fishing boats, most of which work using traditional methods, a large number of industrial trawlers from other areas are adding extra pressure to the region.

But there is one more serious, emerging danger: oil prospection and possible oil exploitation. A number of projects are currently underway in the western Mediterranean, close to the Balearic coasts. This new threat is a ticking time bomb that may destroy not only the marine life but also the very economy of these islands.

The local population unanimously opposes and is fighting oil exploitation at all levels, notably through the creation of the Alianza Mar Blava.

But several oil companies persist.

I’ll pass it off to Sandra Benbeniste to speak about the Alianza Mar Blava.

Sandra:

Thank you Mariano. I am Sandra Benbeniste, the Executive Director of the Ibiza Preservation Fund.

The Ibiza Preservation Fund aims to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional beauty and natural value by encouraging sustainable initiatives. Our main focus is the conservation of Ibiza and Formentera’s countryside and marine areas.

The Ibiza Preservation Fund is a Member of the Alianza Mar Blava, a consortium of public and private sector organizations dedicated to stopping the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons off the coast of Ibiza and Formentera, as well as promoting renewable energy as an alternative to oil.

Our biggest success so far has been the withdrawal of the company Cairn Limited, which wanted to look for oil 30 km away from Ibiza. Nevertheless there are 2 other companies threatening the Baleares, which is why we aim at a declaration of a moratorium on oil exploration in the Spanish Mediterranean.

We need everybody’s help. Please check our site at www.alianzamarblava.org, and help us adopting a meter of sea: http://adopta1metrodemar.alianzamarblava.org/en

Today we see the consequences of the combination of a lack of foresight and a surplus of human ambition, and how they threaten the future of life on the planet. Posidonia oceanica, an authentic natural treasure, is proof of this, as its very existence depends on one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The Sea is our “shared responsibility,” and as such we must all help to protect it.

Back to you, Rob.

Rob:

Thank you Ellie, Mariano, and Sandra for that special report.

To learn more about Posidonia oceanica, check out these stories in The Daily Catch:

Posidonia Oceanica: A Threatened Treasure: http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/posidonia-oceanica-a-threatened-treasure/

Saving the Posidonia Oceanica: http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/saving-the-posidonia-oceanica/

The organizations featured in this video are:

Green Teen Team Foundation: http://www.greenteenteam.org/

Ibiza Preservation Fund: http://www.ibizapreservationfund.org/

GEN-GOB Eivissa: http://www.gengob.org/

Alianza Mar Blava: http://alianzamarblava.org/

The Sea: A Shared Responsibility: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-mar-una-responsabilitat-compartida/101243056750283
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