SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has successfully bred and raised some 111 endangered young seahorses, releasing them into special “seahorse hotels” in Botany Bay on Monday, September 26.
The species, known as White’s seahorse or the Sydney seahorse, has seen a dramatic population decline over the past decade. But this is the aquarium’s third successful seahorse release since 2019.
The project is led by seahorse expert Daniel Sokolnikoff, who said, “It means the world […] to be able to contribute towards the recovery of a species that really needs our help, in our own backyard."
This year, the seahorses will be treated to three different types of “seahorse hotel”, the aquarium said, each grown over with sponges and algae, making them perfect for the little animals to curl their tails around and call home
This footage shows the seahorses being transported by divers down to their new homes, along with interview segments with Sokolnikoff. Credit: Charli Beale/SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium via Storyful