The seahorses have already arrived at the Live Science Center of the Algarve, in Faro. Representatives of this protected species are the new “stars” of the centre, which renewed its space to welcome them, allowing visitors to see these “friendly and shy” animals up close.
The 2 liter aquarium where the new tenants of CCV do Algarve were installed replicates the inframareal environment (submerged environment) of Ria Formosa. The inauguration of this new offer took place during the Ria Formosa Week, which took place in early April.
The seahorses now exhibited by CCV do Algarve came from the laboratory of the Research Group for Fisheries Biology and Hydrobiology of the Center for Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve, «where seahorses are bred in captivity allowing the development of studies with a view to to its preservation in a natural environment».
«With its exhibition to the public, CCVAlg intends to highlight the weaknesses of the species and ecosystem of the Ria Formosa, and help raise awareness among the population about the importance of preserving and enhancing this protected area», revealed the center.
For this, nothing better than creating empathy between the public and the “very threatened and therefore protected” seahorses.
In addition to a contest to name each of the specimens that now live in the CCV do Algarve, announced by the center director Cristina Veiga-Pires in a conversation with the Sul Informação, a digital booklet entitled “Ria Formosa for all the curious” was launched.
The collection, accessible online, which is the result of a partnership between the CCV Farense, the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the company Colara, reveals «not only the fauna, flora and geology of this protected area, but also the cultural heritage and the threats to this system environmental".