Seahorse for our snorkelers from Alimatha

Seahorse for our snorkelers from Alimatha

Guests from Alimatha were snorkelling with TGI Maldives recently and had an unexpected encounter with a seahorse. The group were snorkelling at the sandbank with guides Paolo and Adele and, at the last moment, when they were just about to get back on the boat, the little seahorse was spotted just below the surface. The last few minutes of snorkel trips are often spent gazing in to the big blue of the ocean, hoping for a sighting of something big and unusual, and these lucky snorkelers certainly got something unusual albeit not big.

It is most unusual to spot seahorses in the Maldives and on the rare occasion they are spotted it is usually during drift dives. With their head resembling that of a horse, these quirky little fish use their prehensile tail to hold onto things underwater and then suck in morsels of food as it drifts by. Seahorses not only look very distinctive, they behave in a very distinctive way too – especially in pregnancy. Is the male seahorse who bears the pregnancy! The female lays her eggs in the pouch of the male, it is on his abdomen and the eggs are fertilized inside. After the male gives birth to the baby seahorses they must fend for themselves out in the ocean where they drift for 2-3 weeks and less than 1 in a thousand survive to adulthood.

Everyone, including the snorkel guides were thrilled with this rare encounter. Enjoy the video of this super little seahorse!