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 Post subject: Seahorses in Knysna
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:29 am 
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Are there any guided snorkeling trips in the lagoon to see the seahorses?

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There's also excellent diving and snorkeling on the Eastern Head and at Thesen's Jetty, either on your own or preferably with a professional.

The Estuary, which is known as the Knysna National Lake Area, is managed and protected by South African National Parks Board. It is biologically rich and fascinating body of water, with salt marshes and deep-water channels that are home to such animals as the endangered Knysna Seahorse, an unusual fish that's found only in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield - and nowhere else in the world. Species can be viewed also at the Knysna Seahorse Aquarium and at 34' South at the Knysna Quays, the National Parks offices on Thesen's Jetty or at Featherbed Nature Reserve.


quote from www.southafrica.com

I found more links to commercial tours using "snorkeling seahorses knysna".


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I read about a problem with poachers taking seahorses and drying them to sell to all the people who hadn't heard of Viagra. I am not sure whether the the report was even about this country.

Does any one know if there was/is a problem?


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I read about a problem with poachers taking seahorses and drying them to sell to all the people who hadn't heard of Viagra. I am not sure whether the the report was even about this country.
Does any one know if there was/is a problem?


Here's an article about seahorses and traditional Chinese medicine.


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I thought you might find this of interest!

The Knysna seahorse is considered the most endangered seahorse in the world :!:


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The Knysna seahorse is not exploited for traditional medicines. However, according to the IUCN's red data book, they are listed as the most endangered seahorse in the world. The reason for this is primarily due to their exceptionally limited distribution range as they are endemic to a few southern Cape estuaries. A recent survey of these estuaries, conducted by the Seahorse Research Group as part of the Green Trust funded "Knysna Seahorse Project" confirmed that the Knysna seahorse is only found in three southern Cape estuaries: The Knysna, Swartvlei and Keurbooms estuaries. This means that if these estuaries are not correctly managed and conserved, South Africa's only seahorse species may be wiped out for good. Conservationist now say that it is important that funding become available to continue the monitoring of these populations.

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 Post subject: seahorses in Knysna lagoon
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:28 pm 
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I live in Knysna and dive fairly regularly. You can snorkle to see the seahorses but it is better to scuba. The seahorses have very good eyesight and they spot you if you dive down with snorkle. They then freeze up and you do not see them easily.
They have "chamealeon" eyes that can swivel in their heads, so they just move eyes to follow your movements.
If you scuba, you can lie still and watch them. After a while they relax and you can watch them.
I am sure that the guys at the Heads adventure centre will take you snorkling if you ask nicely.
We are not finding many seahorses around the Thesens jetty area at the moment. They seem to have moved somewhere else, but they do move around quite a bit, so I believe they will be back later in the year.

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