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Seahorse Sleuth – KQED HD

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 9:59 am by

What has the head of a horse, tail like a monkey, eyes that move independently of each other, and can change it’s skin color? You got it, a seahorse. These enchanting creatures are fighting for survival, as the traditional Chinese Medicine market continues to go unchecked. Seahorse Sleuths, local scientists who are currently working to discover the secrets of these beautiful and delicate creatures. They created a database of seahorse species that are identified by DNA sequences, using a computer system developed at the University of Auckland.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used by at least a quarter of the world’s population. Seahorses, a popular item at TCM markets, are used to treat conditions ranging from Asthma to sexual dysfunction. An estimated 25 million seahorses are pulled from the world’s oceans to supply the demands of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Please watch the video for much more info! Also, visit Seahorse Sleuth and check out their website.

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