White's seahorse

Posted by rkc on 4/17/2019

Observation details

When did you see it? Species guess Current ID
2019-04-13 White's Seahorse White's seahorse
Hippocampus whitei

Description

Found two sea horses in a discarded bait trap in about 1m of water under a jetty.

Activity

rkc commented
@sascha_schulz the water visibility is very low (1m to 1.5m). Snorkeling is possible but proceed with caution due to the boat traffic in the area. The depth is about 4m in the middle of the canal. The bottom ranges from sandy bottom, weed bed or sometime muddy bottom depending on which sections of the canal.
sascha_schulz commented
@rkc Is it worth a snorkel in this area? I'd be keen to see if there are adult H whitei in the canals.
rkc commented
The seahorses were found clinging on the inside of an old discarded bait trap encrusted with soft sponges under a private jetty (17 Cormorant Ave, Sussex Inlet) at a depth of around 1m of water. Not sure if it can be considered ‘St.George Basin’ since Sussex Inlet is located between St.George Basin and the sea. The water level in the Sussex inlet canals does not change much with the tide, at most is about 30cm. We released the seahorses back inside the old bait trap and then put the old bait trap back under the jetty since it was providing a habitat for the seahorses. Let me know if you need any further information and thank you for the ID.
humuhumufish commented
Awesome record for H. whitei!
daveharasti commented
Hooray! Another south coast site of H. whitei, this is the 2nd confirmed record from the area. Can the observer let me know if it was in St George's Basin? As the species is threatened, iNaturalist automatically puts a larger buffer area for the location so I can't see the exact location they were found.
sascha_schulz commented
H breviceps is way out of range. @humuhumufish
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