SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found

SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found
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One of five newly discovered seahorses, Hippocampus debelius, or the soft-coral seahorse, was named after Helmut Debelius, the underwater photographer who led a successful campaign to track down this miniature Red Sea inhabitant.

After initial sightings in 1993, it took over a decade to find the specimens described in a January 2009 study.

"This is a great honor for me," Debelius said.

Despite having several other marine creatures named after him, Debelius confessed he was excited to have a "son" in the seahorse family.

--Helen Scales

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