The short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) is a species of seahorse in the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic, particularly around Italy and the Canary Islands. Colonies of the species have recently been discovered in the River Thames around London and Southend-on-Sea.
Their preferred habitat is shallow muddy waters, estuaries or seagrass beds
In the United Kingdom they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. In 2010, the London Zoo, which operates short-snouted seahorse breeding programme, saw the birth of 918 baby seahorses
Photos 21/12/2016 by Costas Constantinou