THE GIANT SEA HORSE RETURNS
By Carl L. Hubbs and Sam D. Hinton
Reprinted from Pacific Discovery
Vol. XVI, No - 5, Sept. -Oct. 1963: 12 -15

ALMOST UNKNOWN for more than one hundred years as an inhabitant of California waters, the giant seaborse, Hippocampus ingens, has reappeared near San Diego. A fine large adult female of this species, one of the largest of its tribe, was captured alive off Coronado on November 20, 1962. It was obtained in an odd way. It had hooked its prehensile, finless tail onto a halibut net, as seahorses customarily attach themselves to aquatic plants, branching corals, or even one another. When the fisherman, David Ghio, of San Diego, lifted his net, which he had set at a depth of 75 feet about 3 1/2 miles south of Point Loma, he was amazed to see this odd creature. He plucked it from the net and put it in a container of sea water. He kept it for a time in a small aquarium, but before long, fearing that he was not taking good care of it, very generously donated it to the Thomas Wayland Vaughan Aquarium-Museum of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at La Jolla.