Rare discovery of seahorse on Bexhill beach

Two local children made the rarer discovery of a seahorse on Bexhill Beach.

Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 10:51 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:28 am
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Mum Vicky Ballinger said: “My children Aida, 5 and Immy, 3 found it last Thursday.

Although it had sadly already died, My 3 year old, Immy, picked it up and returned it to the sea in the hope she could save it. I have never before seen a seahorse on the beach here and did not realise they even inhabited the area.”

There are two species of seahorse in UK waters: the short snouted and long snouted. They can both grow to a maximum length (or height) of around 15cm and live in shallow, inshore waters amongst seaweeds and seagrass which they cling to with their tails.

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The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) does not have enough data on seahorse numbers to make an accurate assessment of their numbers.

Seahorses are a protected species in UK waters.