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THAMES SEAHORSES ALIVE AND KICKING

Monday October 10th, 2011
THAMES SEAHORSES ALIVE AND KICKING

Environmentalists are excited that a rare seahorse has been found in the Thames in London. The short-snouted seahorse was caught in the river at Greenwich. Usually the species is only found downriver along the southwest coast.

Short-snouted seahorses grow up to six inches in length and the fact that this once was a youngster of only two inches suggests there may be a breeding colony in the area. The creature was alive and healthy when discovered and released unharmed in the water where it was found.

Fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, Emma Barton, said, 'This is a really good sign that seahorse populations are not only increasing, but spreading to locations where they haven't been seen before... We routinely survey the Thames at this time of year and this is a really exciting discovery.'
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