Endangered species of seahorse returns to former Dorset stronghold
The spiny seahorse has returned to its former stronghold in Dorset as a result of a reduction in people and boat traffic due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
Marine conservationists carried out a regular survey dive at Studland Bay, where they found 16 seahorses including pregnant males and a newly born juvenile.
The Seahorse Trust says this is the largest number found on the site since they began monitoring there in 2008 - before this none had been seen in two years.
Both UK seahorse species, the spiny and short snouted have special protection status but normal human activity can drive them away.
During one regular survey dive at Studland Bay, the Seahorse Trust found 16 seahorses including pregnant males and a juvenile that had been born this year.
Neil Garrick-Maidment, Seahorse Trust founder, says the increase in numbers is a direct result of a drop in human activity - including people, boat traffic and associated noise and anchors in the area due to lockdown measures.
'The ecology of the site has made a remarkable recovery, ...