Seahorses have existed for 13 million years. However, they could soon be the creatures of the past in the next three decades unless a drastic action is taken. Official figures reveal that 64 million of the delicate creatures are taken from oceans annually for Chinese medicine and the curio trade. Conservationists are calling for a ban on shops in Britain selling the dried fish as holiday souvenirs.
Charity named Save Our Seahorses (SOS) conducted an undercover study and found that the actual figure is more than 150 million each year. There are 50-plus species of seahorses, and with seahorse fisheries claiming the numbers to have gone down by at least 50% in five years, SOS claims this means the creatures could become extinct by 2045.
Neil Garrick-Maidment, of the Seahorse Trust, said, "We had managed to persuade eBay to ban the sale of seahorses in the past year, and were now targeting shops in the UK. Our act has saved 100,000 seahorses."