I’m a sucker for animal stories in the news. This morning I came across this short article in a news feed. I found it pretty amazing and worthy of sharing here on the blog. Most of the stories we see in the news are about dogs, cats, and other furry creatures, and while I love them all the same, it is nice to read a story about one of our tiny ocean friends that is just as amazing and inspiring.
The story is about a tough little seahorse that (it is assumed) was picked up by a seagull on the British coast and dropped three miles inland. The incredible thing is the amazing little lady survived the ordeal! The species, Hippocampus guttulatus, is native to the southern and western coastlines of the isles in eel grass beds. These rare Seahorses are currently being tagged and researched in hopes of preserving their dwindling populations. The destruction of their natural habitat by anchors and boats is currently the biggest threat they face. This one is super lucky to be alive!
You can read the full story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1181596/The-incredible-journey-Seahorse-miles-inland-scooped-seagulls-beak.html
And for more on the current research and conservation of seahorse species: http://www.theseahorsetrust.org/