Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Spotted Seahorse

Nature Program

Tracking New England's Lined Seahorse


David Wedge, Senior Aquarist, New England Aquarium  

 Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1pm

                                                                                               Free with Museum Admission

As senior aquarist, David is responsible for the aquarium's Wet Lab education outreach invertebrates "Edge of the Sea" tide pool touch exhibit, specializing in the Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus or spotted seahorse. The Lined Seahorse lives in the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Canada and as far south as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Venezuela. The habitat of the lined seahorse is diminishing due to coastal growth and pollution, which ultimately is the cause of the decreasing population and is contributing to their “vulnerable” status as a species.

David will discuss his collaboration with the Vero Beach Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida assisting them in the collection process of small tissue samples of wild Lined Seahorses in order to create a genetic profile of their distribution and populations along the East Coast. He will also introduce an online citizen science application that anyone can use to identify when and where a seahorse has been found in any part of the world as well as the New England Aquarium's participation in the Species Survival Plan for captive Lined Seahorses in the Aquarium industry. 

 For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.