Unusual marine life is reined in
Quick: What is curly, 3 inches tall and says neigh?
A seahorse, of course!
Marine wildlife educators at SoundWaters in the Cove were surprised to catch a seahorse in a net Wednesday.
The odd creatures are native to parts of the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda but rarely are spotted in New England, according to the education center.
Two SoundWaters workers were “fishing” Wednesday afternoon as part of routine research on animals in Long Island Sound. Usually they pull up fish and other common species, but this week, the net yielded the surprise.
Word spread quickly about the special catch, the first seahorse anyone at the education center had seen in at least eight years.
“Everyone was very excited,” said Michael Spaulding, the facility’s manager. “The first person who caught it told someone else, and as soon as that person saw another person they said, ‘Have you seen it yet?’ “
The seahorse is a light brown color and about 3 to 4 inches long, Spaulding said. The staff at SoundWaters have quarantined the animal, as they do with anything they catch, but are not sure whether they will keep it.
That possibility is more likely if staff determines the seahorse will die if they release it, Spaulding said.
In the meantime, they will likely get to work deciding whether the seahorse is a boy or a girl.
- Magdalene Perez