Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
Come on, a little article just to help you see the tiny and very shy seahorse-pygmy, since you are many who have not managed to find it.
Hidden in the sea fans
He lives in the sea fans, whose appearance and color he imitates, with small pink-purple bumps to better deceive his predators and ... the underwater photographers!
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 pygmy seahorse is about as big as the nail of my little finger ...
Here it is again!
Edition of April 15, 2008: I add the image enlarged and processed back, below ...
The quality is not extraordinary, but it is better, no?
Updated: May 2016
About eight years after this very first image made at the time with my modest compact camera, I progressed well in pygmy seahorses ... 😀 I invite you to visit the link below, with photos taken at Canon Eos 7D, in March 2016, in Triton Bay (West Papua, Indonesia):