Discover the intriguing realm of the seahorse, a tiny aquatic creature that has captured the world’s imagination for eons.
Snorkelling with Seahorses in Knysna on the Garden Route is something not to be missed - an encounter with these enchanting animals is an experience like no other!
A seahorse is a small marine fish with a curved neck and long, thin snout reminiscent of a horse, hence the name. They swim upright, coil their prehensile tail around seagrass to cope with strong currents, and hard ridges on their bodies protect them somewhat from predation. A seahorse is a fish? Yes - they propel themselves using fins, breathe via gills, hatch from eggs and have a swim bladder. Seahorses are also an important flagship species indicating the health of their habitat.
The Knysna or Cape seahorse is one of the world’s 50 or so seahorse species, however identification can be difficult as many species change colour to mimic their surroundings and as part of courtship displays. The endangered and protected Knysna seahorse is only found in several estuaries on the southern coast of South Africa, including the picturesque Knysna Lagoon.
Contact Dirty Boots’ recommended Snorkelling with Seahorses operators to explore the delicate underwater gardens of the Knysna Lagoon and learn about one of the world’s most captivating and vulnerable species. Snorkelling trips coincide with high tides and experienced divers know all of the best spots and how to view these charismatic creatures without disturbing their habitat.