We must have the eye, to locate the tiny seahorse-pygmy!
We must have the eye, to locate the tiny seahorse-pygmy!

Here is the seahorse-pygmy

#Leyte #Philippines

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 


Come on, a little article just to help you see the tiny and very shy seahorse-pygmy that I had photographed in Sogod Bay...since many of you have been unable to find him.

A tiny seahorse, hiding in the gorgonians...

This tiny "sea horse" lives hidden in gorgonians, whose appearance and color it imitates. L'Hippocampus bargibanti has little pinkish-mauve bumps, to better deceive its predators and... underwater photographers!

I could admire this one in Sogod Bayin the Philippines, in the south of the island of Leyte.

We must have the eye, to locate the tiny seahorse-pygmy!
It is necessary to have the eye, to locate the tiny seahorse-pygmy!

Without our Filipino guide Pedro and his lynx eye, we would never have been able to distinguish the creature, wrapped around its gorgonian branch. The famous seahorse-pygmy is about as big as the nail of my little finger...

Obviously, with my compact camera, focusing on such a small subject in the interlacing "branches" of gorgonian is a bit of a mission impossible.

Here it is again!

Updated 15 April 2008 : I add the magnified and processed image on the way back, below... The quality is not extraordinary, but we can distinguish it better, no?

This is the first time I manage to photograph a pygmy seahorse... Not easy, it is not bigger than the nail of my little finger (Sogod Bay, Leyte, January-February 2008)
This is the first time I manage to photograph a seahorse-pygmy... Not easy, it is not bigger than the nail of my little finger (Sogod Bay, Leyte, January-February 2008)

Updated: May 2016

About eight years after this very first picture made at that time with my modest compact camera, I have made a lot of progress with seahorses... 😄 I invite you to visit the link below, with pictures taken at Canon Eos 7D, in March 2016, in Triton Bay (West Papua, Indonesia):

→ Shy like a pygmy seahorse

Pygmy Seahorse bargibanti. (Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2016.)
Pygmy seahorse bargibanti. (Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2016)

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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