Social Media Posts and Photos Shows Pygmy Seahorse Diversity in Taiwan

Social Media is one very powerful tool if used in the correct way and here is an example. Post and pictures from Taiwan’s scuba divers and underwater photographers were scraped through social media in order to investigate pygmy seahorse diversity. Scraping was done from 2017 and 2019 using keyword “pygmy seahorse in the Chinese language”. The results which came out were 259 social media items, 75 of which were photographs of pygmy seahorses from five different locations in Taiwan.

Hippocampus japapigu (A) Green Island, Taiwan (B) Hejie, Kenting, Taiwan at 5 m depth (C) Hejie, Kenting, Taiwan (D) 82.5 k near Longdong, northern Taiwan (Jolly Huang, Jay Chiu, Chao-Tsung Chen, Jung-Chao Yeh)

The pictures from Facebook and Instagram showed 78 individuals belonging to five species (H. bargibanti, H. colemani and H. pontohi), including two new records for Taiwan (H. denise and H. japapigu). What a beautiful way for collective sciences where everyone participates and every post and picture matters. World can do wonders in a combined approach this also reminds me to update the Insta pictures. Here is also a wonderful example and importance of divers logbook which is a record of dive related information such as depth, location and species at site.

Hippocampus denise

Take a look at the Citizen science that came out with the first record of Hippocampus japapigu and Hippocampus denise from Taiwan at ZooKeys.

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Like always it's my day one in the hobby. Always been a hobbyist but never knew would dive so deep in the hobby. I too started with a freshwater aquarium. When I first started saltwater aquarium it just grew on me and I knew that had to do more in this hobby. I am a Post-Grad in Business Administration have worked with Coldstar Logistics, Amazon and Jindal's before jumping completely in the ocean. Other than aquarium hobby I have my interests in travel, digital games and consumer web technology.

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