You may wonder why NuPacifica chose a Seahorse as a logo.
Living in the San Diego area, we always hear about the whales, sharks, dolphins, and other popular ocean animals, however we rarely (if ever) hear about the endangered Seahorses! According to Project Seahorse, of the 35 known species of Seahorses in the world, 14 of them are considered “vulnerable” species, and 1 of those is the Pacific Seahorse which is found between the San Diego coast and the Galapagos Islands. Seahorses are fascinating creatures that play a vital role in the coastal ecosystem as they are important predators on bottom-dwelling sea organisms. Protecting their existence doesn’t only benefit marine species, it also allows biologists to expand their understanding of reproductive ecology. NuPacifica strongly advocates for the protection and preservation of these beautiful, majestic marine animals. The biggest threats our coastal Seahorses currently face include habitat destruction by humans, capture for trade or sale, and overfishing. As a result of these threats, Seahorses are only estimated to have about 20-30 years until they are completely extinct. NuPacifica believes if protecting our homes, city and coast is a priority, protecting our local marine life should be one too. Let’s show our support and save the Seahorses together!
Fun Seahorse Facts!
- Seahorses propel themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second
- Before mating, seahorses engage in a “courtship dance” which includes spinning around, swimming side by side and changing colors
- They can eat up to 3,000 brine shrimp in one day
- Evade predators by mimicking the color of their surroundings
- They are monogamous, mate for life, and the male carries the young
How You Can Help:
A few ways you can help support saving seahorses and lift them out of their “vulnerable” status include being educated, spreading awareness, and giving to the cause. For more information, please visit these organizations dedicated to marine conservation:
Project Seahorse – http://www.projectseahorse.org/about-our-approach/
Save Our Seahorses – http://www.saveourseahorses.org/the-seahorse-dilemma.php
Birch Aquariam (La Jolla) – https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/dive-deeper/our-work/ocean-life-seahorse-conservation