It is very exciting when you find a new species in an area you have dived for over 15 years. I found this small pipefish whilst snorkelling believe it or not in a sandy area in Speightstown Barbados in August this year. It’s even more special because Barbados is not famed for its’ snorkelling more the diving, so finding this very rare fish is awesome.
Pipefish are part of the seahorse family. If you look closely you can see they have very seahorse like faces, but just straight bodies not curly shaped ones. They inhabit shallow sandy sea beds where they lie around camouflaged amongst dead leaves, seagrass and anything the tide brings out/in. Because of their greenish colour they blend in well and are very hard to spot, especially if you don’t know they are there!
This Spike Pipefish, so named because of rows of spike like marking along the side of the body, is the most attractive of the pipefish that are found on Barbados. The other ones are plain brown.
I should like to point out that this photo was taken with the limitations of snorkelling.