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Sydney Seahorse Breeding Project

Recovering an endangered species

Recovering an Endangered Species

A world first conservation project to help an endangered species

To help declining populations of the White's Seahorse recover, our team here at SEA LIFE Sydney undertook a breeding program. Wild seahorses from Clifton Gardens were moved to the aquarium where they gave birth to hundreds of babies. These baby seahorses grew healthy and strong and in May 2020 they were release onto the Clifton Gardens swimming net and nearby seahorse hotels. The project has continued for its third year in 2022.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the project and the seahorse's journey. 

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Seahorse Hotel Anchored On Sea Floor Provides An Artifical Habitat For Released White's Seahorses And Other Marine Creatures 3

111 - The Magic Number

In September of 2022, 111 juvenile, Aquarium-bred White's Seahorses were released back into Botany Bay, Sydney.

This is the third year in an ongoing collaboration to help recover the declining population. 15 new re-imagined hotels were placed in Botany Bay earlier this year. Over the last few months, they have been grown over by sponges and algae, making them the perfect place to call home.

Second Year Release

Dad Giving Birth

New year, new babies!

A herd of babies each smaller than a grain of rice emerged from their dads’ pouches in the final months of 2020, with a few dozen arriving just two days before the new year rolled around. Their arrival marks a successful start to the second year of the White’s Seahorse Conservation Breeding Program initiated by SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Fisheries NSW and the University of Technology Sydney.

First Year Release

Project Begins Seahorses

The Project Begins

To help recover declining populations, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium began implementing an exciting new breeding and conservation project in collaboration with a suite of organisations including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) who are their two main partners. The project aims to successfully breed, raise, and release White’s Seahorse back into the wild and monitor their success in helping reverse the decline of this iconic Endangered species.

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