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A seahorse in Dutch waters

Seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus)

The last decade, I have mainly focused on taking pictures of large predators and seascape. My favourite subjects by far.

But as you have probably noticed by now, I could not resist the opportunity to capture a seahorse in the Dutch Eastern Schelde. Seahorses are not common in our waters, I think they have been (re)discovered around 15 years ago. All seahorses in Dutch waters are of the species Hippocampus hippocampus.

As I am not a macro photographer anymore, I always dive with a wide-angle lens. I use a very small dome, and that allows me to make close-up pictures as well, and show a small species within its surroundings. When you look at this picture, you will probably understand why seahorses are so hard to find!

By changing the camera angle continuously, I get the best position to isolate the seahorse within its surroundings, so that anyone who sees the picture, can spot it immediately. I never move an animal from its home: there is reason why it is there, and it needs to be camouflaged to protect itself from predators.

When you find a seahorse, you will probably find it again at the same spot… unless someone moves it around for a photograph. That practice is dangerous: your subject could be eaten and even suffer from stress. And that is why divers keep the spot where they have a seahorse to themselves…

  • 1/250 sec
  • F/11
  • ISO 800
  • Camera: Nikon D500
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5m fisheye
  •  Subal underwaterhousing

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