Tucked away in coral kingdoms, with their otherworldly beauty and elusive nature, pygmy seahorses might seem more fairytale than fish. But IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group member Dr. Richard Smith is here to bridge the gap between fact and fable - he swims with them, he studies them, he photographs them. Recently, he even helped name one!
Dr. Diego C. Luzzatto, IUCN SPS SG member and iSeahorse National Seahorse Expert, tells the story of how he came to meet and describe the patagonian seahorse.
I went to Greece after a call from Vasilis Mentogiannis*, a professional archaeological diver who contacted Project Seahorse to urge us to protect a local seahorse population.