Description The unusual and striking Seahorse can vary in color and markings depending upon the species, though most found in local (north-atlantic) waters are brown or mottled with subtle colors. They reside mainly amongst seaweed or other aquatic vegetation, which they grasp with their long spiral tails to anchor themselves. They swim vertically, rather than sideways, using their dorsal fins to propel themselves in an undulating motion.An interesting aspect of seahorse breeding behavior is the fact that the male, rather than the female, essentially raises the juveniles. After breeding, the female will deposit fertilized eggs into his brood pouch where he will guard the developing young as they absorb the yolk. When this stage is complete, up to 150 tiny seahorses, less than half an inch long, will emerge from the pouch and continue their growth, independent of the father
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. She works with clients from around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries, is involved in curating art exhibits and volunteers for local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats.
Tamara received a B.A. in Biology from Goucher College and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Maine. She was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is the the outgoing President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their small menagerie of animals. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com