f003900: A female seahorse attached to a brown seaweed in
her natural habitat, the estuary, near Leigh, New Zealand. Because of its
body shape, colouring and secretive habits, the NZ seahorse (Hippocampus
abdominalis) is often hard to find, but it is also threatened by pollution
and exploitation for the medicinal trade.
f021623: In the entanglement of lost fishing lines underneath
wharves, seahorses find both protection and a good grip for their tails.
Under a wharf in New Zealand, this colourful male seahorse (Hippocampus
abdominalis) spends most of its time resting but when the currents
go slack, it comes out to forage for small crustaceans.