This year, in support of ADEX 2016’s dedicated marine life, The Big Blue Book is celebrating the seahorse. This stunning little member of the syngnathid (meaning “fused jaw”) family is a charismatic little flag ship for conservation and the first fish to have made it into the CITES agreement!

For everything you could possibly want to know about this most remarkable of fishes, you need to get your hands on this issue…

What’s inside?

Unravelling the Seahorse

World-renowned seahorse expert and ADEX Ambassador of Seahorses, Dr Dave Harasti, kicks things off by “Unravelling the Seahorse”. Introducing you to everything from their unique biology (it’s the males that get pregnant), their unexpected anatomy, their habitat and life cycles, Dr Dave brings seahorse science to life through charming infographics.

Thorny seahorse, Hippocampus histrix © Dave Harasti

Thorny seahorse, Hippocampus histrix © Dave Harasti

Stories from the Stables

In “Stories from the Stables” Dr Richard Smith reveals the riveting soap operas in miniature that are the lives of the pygmies! These cuter-than-cute little groups of seahorses are often embroiled in romantic entanglements (quite literally!) as they struggle to maintain their relationships. With group dynamics dictated by the distinct personalities of these teeny tiny fishes, Richard brings the goings on in the gorgonians to life!

A Denise's pygmy seahorse investigates its surroundings, securely attached to its gorgonian holdfast. © Dr Richard Smith

A Denise’s pygmy seahorse investigates its surroundings, securely attached to its gorgonian holdfast. © Dr Richard Smith

20 Places to See-Horses (of the sea!)

The official reference guide for the best places around the world for seahorse spotting! If you’re a seahorse fan, you need this map in your life!

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