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Published on Jan 27, 2009
Sea Stewards is teaming up with scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in a far reaching and long term sailing expedition revisiting many of the remote regions that the early scientists visited over a century ago. The first Western Pacific Expedition occurred in October 2008 with Academy Scientists Graham Short and Dr. Healy Hamilton sailing through remote islands on the Sailing Vessel Mustang. This phase of the expedition focused on the Sygnathid fish phylogeny project, a family of fish that includes pipefish and seahorses. During the dives, several species of these strange fish that had not been recorded in the region were described and DNA collected- including possible new species. In this trailer, a species of Pygmy Pipehorse- a kind of missing link in the family tree of sea horses was discovered. In 2009 the team will continue to North Australia and Papua New Guinea. Watch as this exciting new project develops.