Seahorse found in Plymouth Sound

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A rare seahorse has been found swimming in the waters off Plymouth Sound.

This is Plymouth says that the Short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is a rare species and probably the first ever recorded from the waters.

The fish was discovered during a survey of rare fan shells in the Sound being undertaken by divers from the Marine Conservation Society.

MCS biodiversity policy officer, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, told This is Plymouth: "It was clinging to a small piece of seaweed on the sea bed about 14 metres down."

The study also revealed three fan shells.