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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Seahorse Breeding Project

Recovering an endangered species

Recovering an endangered Species

A world first conservation project to help an endangered species

To help declinging populations of White's Seahorse recover, our team here at SEA LIFE Sydney undertook a breeding program. Wild seahorses from Clifton Gardens were moved to the aquarium where they gave birth to hundreds of babies. These baby seahorses grew healthy and strong and in May 2020 they were release onto the Clifton Gardens swimming net and nearby seahorse hotels. 

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The Project Begins

Five-Star Seahorse Hotels launched in the harbour

The primary cause for the White’s Seahorse decline is the loss of natural habitat across their range. To help recover populations, suitable habitat must be available for the seahorses to live on. The sheltered bay at Clifton Gardens provided an ideal location to install seahorse hotels, and simulate the natural habitats which have been lost.

Inspired by lost crab traps, these seahorse hotels start as artificial structures then grow into natural habitats once they are placed in the marine environment. Over time they are grown over by sponges and algae, making them the perfect home for seahorses.

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Endangered White’s Seahorses released