Seahorses are instantly recognisable and have been a part of our culture for millennia, yet we still know very little about these enigmatic creatures. Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher have spent hundreds of hours in British waters observing native seahorses, witnessing at first hand how they behave in the wild, and how they interact with the other plants and animals in their underwater realm. With stunning photography, In the Company of Seahorses paints a rich picture of a mysterious world amongst swaying seagrass and colourful seaweeds. The accompanying text is packed with personal anecdotes describing the authors' journey of discovery, illustrating for the first time the secretive lives of these elusive animals in British waters. By sharing one couple's passion for an entrancing ocean icon, this book aims to inspire, inform and create a better understanding of the seahorse and its often vulnerable habitats around the British coastline.
Foreword by Doug Allan 5 The start of a love affair 6 Introduction 8 Seahorses of the British Isles 14 Anatomy 20 Life cycle 34 A tale of two species 42 Camouflage 44 Seahorse predators 48 Seahorse prey 50 Stranded seahorses 52 Threats 54 Seahorse habitats 60 Seagrass 62 Seaweed 78 Soft sediment 80 In the company of seahorses 82 Pipefish 84 Sticklebacks 94 Rays 96 Flatfish 100 Gobies 108 Wrasses 114 Other fishes 118 Crustaceans 138 Bristle worms 172 Cnidarians 180 Molluscs 190 Echinoderms 218 Wildfowl 224 The authors 226 References 234 Glossary 235 Acknowledgements 236 Index 238