The seahorse is on the verge of becoming extinct in the Mar Menor, according to the preliminary findings of a survey from the Hippocampus Association, which is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Mar Menor in general and the seahorse in particular.

Seahorse numbers have fallen by 90 percent according to surveys made last year, and appear to have been caused by changes in the water quality in 2016 which hit marine plant life that the seahorse needs to survive.

There has also been a rise in predatory species in the Mar Menor like the blue crab, sea bass, and bream.

The Hippocampus  Association is one of over 30 associations and organisations that make up the citizen lobby group ‘Pact for the Mar Menor’.

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