White’s seahorse (Syngnathids) is a species of Syngnathid. These fascinating creatures swim upright in the water or wrap their tails around seagrass fronds to feed or stay protected during rough weather.
Tuggerah Lakes is home to at least five species of Syngnathids. They commonly grow to 20 centimetres in length and can be found in the shallow waters near seagrasses and algae beds. Their elongated body is covered with bony plates and rings. A tubular snout helps them draw in their prey like a vacuum.
The biggest threat to these interesting creatures is loss of habitat. Because they live in shallow areas near the shore they are at more risk of losing their homes due to human activity and development.
Pollution, stormwater, dredging and sewerage all affect the seagrass beds which they rely on for food.
What can you do?
- Wash your vehicle on the grass and not on the driveway or road. The dirty water will seep into the ground and stay out of the stormwater drain
- Choose low-sodium and low-phosphate household detergents
- Dispose of rubbish and chemicals in the bin and not down the drain
- Take advantage of Council’s Home Chemical Clean Out days to get rid of unwanted chemicals, paints and oils
- Reduce the amount of fertiliser used on the garden
- Use your green bins to dispose of grass clippings
- Keep pets and stock away from streambank vegetation
- Take care not to introduce invasive weeds (such as Caulerpa taxifolia)
- Be careful fishing with nets near seagrass bed
- Slow down along the waterways to reduce your boat wash
- Be careful fishing with nets near seagrass beds