The rate of survival for newborn seahorses is extremely low, both in the wild and in captivity. At birth baby seahorses are around 1cm in length, roughly the size of an eyelash, so unsurprisingly they are incredibly fragile. This makes growing-up a difficult process to say the least.
Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, Head of Education at the Society of Biology, carried out research at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth testing different feeding rituals on the H. Reidi species to see how, if at all, she could improve survival rates. Rachel spoke to Hannah from The Seahorse Project about the different feeding regimes, the problems she faced and the outcome of the study.