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Creatures from the Puglia lagoon - environmentalists protect the seahorses of Taranto

File -Seahorses, a species identified with Mar Piccolo, Taranto, Italy
File -Seahorses, a species identified with Mar Piccolo, Taranto, Italy Copyright TIZIANA FABI/TIZIANA FABI
By Luca Palamara
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The University of Bari identified a decline in the population of seahorses and sea cucumbers in Mar Piccolo


Environmentalists in Italy are trying to preserve a population of seahorses from poachers and pollution.

The creatures live in a Puglia lagoon near a decommissioned steel works called the Mar Piccolo.

Marco Dadamo, Director of Palude La Vela Natural Reserve, said: “The Mar Piccolo is an authentic treasure chest of biodiversity. For this reason, it was identified as a Regional Natural Park by the Puglia Region in 2020. There are many very important species in terms of fauna and flora.”

However, those species have been plundered by criminal gangs since 2016, who have sold seahorses and sea cucumbers to markets in Asia. 

The University of Bari noticed a worrying decline in the seahorse population and has begun work to protect the environment.

For a full report on the seahorses of Taranto, watch the report above.

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