Endangered seahorses found

Endangered Species found

Question: An Endangered species of which of the following is recently found in Australia?
(a) Snow Leapord
(b) Kangaroo
(c) Reindeer
(d) Seahorse
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • An endangered species of seahorse, white seahorses was recently found in the coastal waters near Sydney Harbor.
  • Whites Seahorse are exclusively found in Australia, and are one of the total of two endangered species of Seahorse worldwide.
  • Seahorse is special kind of small marine fish with a head resembling like horses head.
  • The male seahorse is equipped with a pouch on the ventral, or front-facing, side of the tail. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male’s pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed. The young are then released into the water, and the male often mates again within hours or days during the breeding season.
  • Environmental degradation like destruction of sea grass and sea sponges as well as overfishing has led to a dramatic decrease in their population in recent years. They are used in traditional Chinese medicines and consumed by various ethnic groups.

Links:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-21/rare-seahorses-found-on-sydneys-northern-beaches/10635152

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