By Khor Hui Min
Seahorses are a type of small marine fish that belong to the genus Hippocampus and the family Syngnathidae, which also includes pipefish. They live in seagrass beds, mangroves and coral reefs in warm water and are very slow swimmers.
In recent years, seahorse populations have been threatened by development and overfishing, especially harvesting for the traditional Chinese medicine trade.
On 16-17 June 2007, MNS Marine Group is organising a trip to Sungai Pulai to see the seahorses and to help in the Seahorse Volunteer Programme, in collaboration with Save Our Seahorses (SOS), a non-profit organisation committed to saving seahorses and the Pulai River Estuary in Malaysia (see post).
While there, participants will also visit the nearby uninhabited island of Pulau Merambong, which has mangroves and coral, as well as visit Kukup National Park, a RAMSAR site.
Food enthusiasts will not be disappointed, as a seafood lunch in Kukup has been included as part of the package, not to mention a comfortable stay in a 3-star hotel.
All proceeds will go towards funding the future conservation and awareness activities of the Marine Group and SOS.
Visit http://www.sosmalaysia.org to learn about saving these unique Malaysian sea creatures.