Each month there will be several days when the tides are low enough to render the seagrass bed exposed, during which volunteers can plod on the seagrass bed and help search for seahorse and pipefish. Finding these elusive fishes can be tricky, as they bear remarkable resemblance to their surroundings.
When new individuals are found, we will give them a tag code using visual implant elastomer (VIE), measure their length, check their reproduction status, signs of diseases and health condition, as well as recording the GPS coordinates and finally we released them to the original sites where they are found.
(From left): Seahorses are tagged using the visual implant elastomer, which renders colours perceptible on the trunk rings. Pregnant males have distended pouch. The Alligator pipefish carries eggs below its abdomen.
Our research helps to establish data on the numbers of seahorses and pipefishes, the duration of which they remained on a particular site, growth, reproductive frequencies, sex ratio, movement and health conditions.
Unfortunately, the low tide duration is typically confined within two hours, after which the rising tide will inundate the entire seagrass bed. But the good news is, you do not need to get wet to find them! To register, please visit the time slot on the Schedule and Registration page.