Seahorses: Wanted Dead or Alive

Seahorses: Wanted Dead or Alive

Posted On: February 8, 2012
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With a horse’s head, a monkey’s tail and sex-swap parenting, seahorses are one of the ocean’s strangest and most charismatic inhabitants. In this one hour special, wildlife filmmaker Natali Tesche-Ricciardi sets out to investigate something that most people don’t realize – seahorse populations are in crisis. Natali finds that seahorses live in shallow, coastal seas and so are among the first to suffer from coastal development and pollution. They are often caught as fishing bycatch and are sold as tourist souvenirs. They are wanted alive for the aquarium trade and dead for a much larger industry – traditional Chinese medicine.