07 Oct '11, 10am

Rare #seahorse discovered in River #Thames in central #London. See our press release here:

This is the first time that these rare creatures have been found so far up the Thames and the first time in this part of London. Seahorses have always been visitors to the coastal waters around the British Isles but more recent sightings suggest that there may be more permanent populations around the UK. In 2008 they were protected under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, prior to this a handful of individuals had been found in the River Thames. This raised the possibility that the river may be supporting a colony, however they have not been found since and never this far inland. The short-snouted seahorse, hippocampus hippocampus, can grow up to around 15cm and are relatively rare in the UK, mainly found on the south coast. Seahorses are one of the few animals that mate for life after elaborate courtship rituals. The Environment Agency has carried out regular monitori...

Full article: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/133887.aspx?mon...

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