Seahorse Rescue on Chic's Beach

The Brandis family, Scharver sisters, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation rescued 10 seahorses stranded on Chic’s Beach in Hampton Roads. It began when the family and babysitter Megan Flynn discovered a fishing net washed up on the beach covered in seaweed, barnacles, oysters. Upon closer inspection, they found 10 adult seahorses tangled in the net and gasping on the surface.

They quickly transferred the seahorses to buckets of water with small pieces of the seaweed (see video below). The ten seahorses became 50 or more as one of the males gave birth in the bucket. The group called Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff, who helped transfer them to a safe location in their natural habitat—the grasses of the nearby Lynnhaven River.

In order to thrive, seahorses need healthy habitat such as underwater grasses and oyster reefs. We know that both grasses and oyster reefs are expanding in the Bay. The numerous seahorse sightings in Hampton Roads recently are a great sign that there is healthy habitat nearby.

Read more about the Chesapeake's lined seahorse in the Fall 2012 issue of our Save the Bay magazine.


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  • Three adults and three children stand on beach with the waves rolling in behind them.

    (Clockwise, from back left) Julie Brandis, Megan Flynn, Tanner Council (CBF), Riley Scharver, Tess Scharver, Vivian Brandis

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • A heavy rope fishing net washed up on the beach.

    The fishing net found by Megan Flynn. Buried in the debris covering the net were 10 adult seahorses.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • Ten adult seahorses swim about in the blue sand bucket used to rescue them.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • Hands holding a seahorse

    One of the adult seahorses found on Chic's Beach.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • Closeup of a seahorse

    Closeup of one of the seahorses rescued on Chic's Beach.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • Tiny newborn seahorses, about the length of a freshly sharpened pencil point, swim about in their rescue bucket.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff

  • Hands empty a yellow bucket into the water; two seahorses can be seen.

    CBF's Tanner Council carefully empties the seahorses' rescue bucket into a bed of grasses in shallow water.

    Photo Credit: CBF Staff




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