I had always wanted to see a seahorse and that dream came true .
It all started when my parents came back from a dive in Wayag (Raja Ampat).
I could see by their faces that this dive had been incredible and I soon found out that the guys on Mystic Rhythms had showed them a pigmy seahorse.
The following weeks we looked for them but it was impossible.
My parents thought we would have a chance to see them with a guide . So when we arrived to the Misool Eco Resort we decided to make a dive with them. It would be mum’s, dad’s , Luna’s and my first dive all together, since we only have two tanks on board, so we wanted it to be a special one.
We told the guide that we would love to see a pigmy seahorse and that we had been looking for it, but never found it.
We took off to Nudi Rock were the dive would be and soon jumped into the water.
It was full of fishes and coral !
After having spent 15 minutes on the dive the dive guide pointed at a gorgonian fan.I was sure it would be a pigmy and I was right . There was a tiny thing, smaller than my small fingernail camouflaging in the gorgonia. I was so happy to see one and I could not believe it, but I was not expecting to see more. The second pigmy was a Denise which was a little scared of having big things next to him, so we did not see him that well.
As we were slowly getting towards the end of the dive the dive guide pointed at another really beautiful gorgonian. He was showing me the spot were there was meant to be one, but I could not see anything. It took what felt like half an hour to spot the little thing. It was amazing how he had adopted the color and shape of the gorgonian.
The dive finished and I could not believe that we had seen the three tipes of pigmy that were on that island.
But that had not been enough for me and the next day Dad, Mum and me were off for another dive on Whale Rock.
The colours and life of the reef were again really beautiful and I looked in almost every gorgonia. As I approached one I recognised the same shape of the one we had seen the denise pigmy the day before, so I started looking like the guides had told us and suddenly saw a little denise pigmy seahorse. I was really excited and started to shout through the regulator to get my mum and dad to come and see it. They instantly understood why I was shouting and quikly came. While we were watching it, we saw it untangle his tail to move and grab on another part of the fan. There turned out to be two more on the gorgonia which left us even more reasons to stay longer watching them.
It was incredible and I soon found myself proudly telling my sibblings that we had seen another pigmy seahorse.
I felt completed and satisfied with what I had experienced and now it will be easier to look for them since I already know what they look like.