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I see a seahorse!

 

Seahorses are some of our most facinating fish species. And yes, we do get these exotic-looking creatures in UK waters.

 

It is not often we can report any signs of them
though, especially on the beach.

 

 

So we were delighted to hear about this find.

 

This seahorse skeleton was found at Crow Point in North Devon. It's a beautiful find and a rare one too. Complete skeletons don't often turn up on UK beaches.

 

It was found by Rosemary Madgett who was suprised to see it there and to see it so intact.

 

 

How the delicate skeleton survived waves and walkers we'll never know but it looks pretty intact.

 

Seahorses are fish that choose to swim upright, a tiny fin on their back flicks back and too rapidly to keep them moving.

 

We have two species of seahorse in UK seas - the spiny seahorse and the short-snouted seahorse. Reports of both have been made off the coast of North Devon where the skeleton was found.

 

This skeleton has been identified as a short-snouted seahorse.

 

Darren found this recently beached, but sadly dead, seahorse on the Black Sea - Krasnodarsky Kray, Caucasus. It looks as though this is a long-snouted seahorse, native to the Black Sea and not found in UK waters.

 

This perfect and dried seahorse was found in Brittany, Northern France a few years ago.
Photo by: Yolan Chériaux
Source: Wikimedia Commons

CRABS

 

 

WORMS

 

 

JELLYFISH

 

 

EGGS

 

 

SEAWEEDS

 

 

BIRDS

 

 

INSECTS

 

 

SHELLS

 

 

URCHINS/STARFISH

 

 

TRACKS

 

 

 BARNACLES

 

 

 

STONES

FISH

SEABEANS

 

 

 

PLASTIC STUFF

 

 

GLASS STUFF

METAL STUFF

 

WOODEN STUFF

 

 

Have a look at our galleries of beach finds above.

 

 

  

 

AND ALSO SEEN
IN DEVON RECENTLY...

  

 

 

 

 

Whales!

 

One on the north coast and one on
the south coast

 

Click for photos and video

 

 

To find our more about our 

seahorses, please visit the website
of The Seahorse Trust. They hold
the National Seahorse Database.

 

For more fish finds, visit this page.

 

 

Any finds you'd like to share? 

We can add your photos and stories to this website.

Please email hello@beachstuff.uk
Thank you!