Once again Nova Scotia waters didn’t disappoint divers as the first tropical seahorse was spotted at a local dive site, known for tropical visitors. Nova Scotia has seen banded rudder fish, trigger fish, butterfly fish, moon fish and much more. The hunt typically starts after the first hurricane or tropically storm that comes up the East Coast. Normally, first sightings happens around mid-October but this year we are very lucky.
Wayne Joy, Laszlo Cserhazi, Paul & Kelli Gillis and Shelley Weeks were out for a dive on Sept 18th with camera/GoPros in tow. Tracy Gregory of East Coast Scuba and Watersports decided to take a drysuit course to Paddy’s Head because of the possibility of seeing a seahorse. Every time she saw Wayne at this dive site they communicated whether either of them had seen a seahorse; it had to look comical, two grown-ups signaling sea horse! September 18th dive didn’t disappoint, Wayne smiled and pointed just beside me. It is a pretty amazing sighting, my student had 6 dives and he’s already seen his first tropical fish in cold water.
Tracy Gregory and John Stone of East Coast Scuba & Watersports have been spotting these guys since 2017 but sightings have gone back as far as 1989. The hunt for tropical fish and sea horses will continue.
Thanks to Tracy Gregory for her story submission and Wayne T. Joy for his pictures.