In 2018, reports stated that Britain’s most valued seahorse population is endangered. It was reported that they were nearing extinction in a matter of decades due to an oil platform being drilled in the Coast of Dorset. During that year many reports were released with regard to their huge drop in population. Studland Bay is the only site in the UK to spot both spiny and short-snouted seahorses, according to Dorset Wildlife Trust.
However, recently divers in the area had spotted sixteen spiny seahorses which is the largest sighting in almost two years. With the lockdown imposed in several countries due to COVID-19 nature has started to heal itself in ways we could never imagine. Along with the 16 spiny seahorses were pregnant males and a baby boy. This is great news.!
Both species gained protection rights under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in 2008, which prevents them from being killed, injured, or taken away. Studland Bay is also a Marine Conservation Zone because of the habitat of endangered seahorses which was designated last year. Not just to the two species of seahorses, it is also a home to endangered undulate rays.
After the largest spotting since 2008, a pledge is being made to enforce a law against moorings of the area to protect the only natural habitat these two species depend on. The Seahorse Trust hopes that the revival for the threatened species will be a lasting success with this unique opportunity that the COVID-19 outbreak has presented to us. They also hope that these endangered species will not be disturbed with the protection they have received once the restrictions of COVID-19 are lifted.