Future of the Environment

These hotels only have vacancies for endangered seahorses

Loss of natural habitat is one factor threatening seahorse populations. Image: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

David Harasti

Adjunct assistant professor, Southern Cross University

Michael Simpson

PhD candidate, University of Sydney

Rebecca L. Morris

Research Fellow In Ecological Engineering, University of Melbourne

Ross Coleman

Professor, University of Sydney

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White’s seahorse hiding among sponges Seahorse sea oceans underwater water australia conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fiish mammals Hippocampus whitei Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable new south wales queensland fishing fisheries sponges coral traps hotels
The White's seahorse is officially recognized as endangered. Image: David Harasti
White’s seahorse hiding in their natural soft coral cauliflower habitat Seahorse sea oceans underwater water australia conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fiish mammals Hippocampus whitei Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable new south wales queensland fishing fisheries sponges coral traps hotels
A White's seahorse in its natural soft coral cauliflower habitat. Image: David Harasti
An old discarded fish trap that gave David Harasti the idea to develop seahorse hotels Seahorse sea oceans underwater water australia conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fiish mammals Hippocampus whitei Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable new south wales queensland fishing fisheries sponges coral traps hotels
An old, discarded fish trap gave David Harasti the idea to develop seahorse hotels. Image: David Harasti
A baby seahorse clinging to the hotel after months of marine growth Seahorse sea oceans underwater water australia conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fiish mammals Hippocampus whitei Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable new south wales queensland fishing fisheries sponges coral traps hotels
A baby seahorse clinging to the hotel after months of marine growth. Image: David Harasti
A pregnant male seahorse found living on the seahorse hotels for a few months. Look closely and you can spot the fluorescent orange tag just beneath its skin Seahorse sea oceans underwater water australia conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fiish mammals Hippocampus whitei Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable new south wales queensland fishing fisheries sponges coral traps hotels
A pregnant male seahorse found living on the seahorse hotel. Image: David Harasti
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