h. algiricus

First Video of Rare Brightly Colored Seahorse (National Geographic)

From National Geographic, 10 October 2012:

New footage is being released today of an elusive species of seahorse, a charismatic group of fish that has been declining thanks to pollution, overfishing, and other problems. Researchers from the Zoological Society of London say they filmed a specimen of the brightly colored West African seahorse (Hippocampus algiricus) off the coast of Senegal.

The seahorse can be seen bobbing about the water, then being caught by fishermen, and then released, unharmed according to the Zoological Society.

The exclusive video comes courtesy of researcher Kate West, who was cruising on a local fishing boat as part of a joint research project between ZSL’s Project Seahorse, Imperial College London, and the University of British Columbia (UBC). 

Read on and watch the video.