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 pygmy seahorse

#Leyte #Philippines

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 


Come on, a little article just to help you see the tiny and very shy seahorse-pygmy that I 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 the gorgonians, imitating their appearance and colour. L’Hippocampus bargibanti has little pinkish-mauve bumps, to better deceive its predators and... underwater photographers!

I got to admire this one in Sogod Bayin the Philippines, on the southern island of Leyte.

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

Without our Filipino guide Pedro and his lynx's eye, we would never have been able to make out the beast, wrapped around its gorgonian branch. The famous pygmy seahorse is about the size of my little finger nail...

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

Here it is again!

Updated 15 April 2008 : I add the enlarged and processed image on the return, below... The quality is not extraordinary, but it is better to distinguish it, isn't it?

It's the first time I've managed to photograph a pygmy seahorse... Not easy, it's 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 pygmy seahorse... 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 the time with my modest compact camera, I have made good progress in pygmy seahorses... 😄 I invite you to visit the link below, with pictures taken at the 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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