Seahorse Frequently Asked Questions / I found a seahorse on the beach, and it was still alive so I brought it home. What do I need to do to keep it?

The best thing you can do for this seahorse is take it back to where you found it and release it. Wild seahorses are difficult to keep in captivity, especially if you are unprepared. Seahorses, being weak swimmers, are sometimes tossed ashore in rough weather. However, that does not mean there is anything wrong with it, so the best thing for it is to take it back to the ocean.

When you release it, try and find a sheltered area, such as near a dock, or areas where there is lots of seagrass and algae visible. Seahorses are site faithful, so returning it as close to where you found it as possible is best. However, if there are a lot of people in the area, try taking it to a slightly quieter location nearby.

If you are unsure how to safely release it, contact your nearest wildlife rescue or the local wildlife authorities, and they can help ensure it is properly released into the appropriate environment.

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