Researchers recently discovered a brand new species of pygmy seahorse off the coast of South Africa.
The new species, the Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus nalu) is the first pygmy seahorse from the Indian Ocean and the continent of Africa known to science.
SUPER EXCITING news! Colleagues and I have just named the new Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus nalu) from South Africa. The first pygmy known from the Indian Ocean!!! https://t.co/xm5OGhzuA2 pic.twitter.com/tL9KAw88KA
— Dr Richard Smith (@Rich_Underwater) May 19, 2020
Researchers had been studying in the remote northeastern corner of South Africa in search of a possible new species when they discovered the seahorse.
The discovery is incredibly rare. “It’s like finding a kangaroo in Norway,” marine biologist Richard Smith told National Geographic.
The team documented their discovery in the video below: