But after thinking about it, I decided to nix the pectoral fins. They're on the side of the head, and simply look awkward. So, I kept them out. I did the purple eyes, and I added a little bit of accent with it by trimming the crown and doing the ridges of the dorsal fin in dark green.
I really like the variegated yarn for it too. Seahorses are terrible swimmers, so they rely on camouflage for survival. I already added it to the marketplace, and I am so excited to see how these will integrate into the rest of my shop.
When scuba diving, seahorses are a real treat to find. We didn't find many as a group in Honduras until our last day when we found several in the weeds on our very last day (it was a great couple of dives, seahorses, a sunken boat, and our divemaster picking a stargazer out of the sand so we could watch it bury itself). It was very cool seeing so many little one grab onto the weeds (you can see our dive video by Brian Short here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI9pXhd1HM8 ).
The downside, after working with them, they're not as fun to focus on! But they drew me toward a ton of other things to see: spiny lobsters, christmas tree worms and feather duster worms, and the super rare yellow ribbon eel.
Part of why species like seahorses, yellow ribbon eels, and feather duster worms are so hard to find is because of population decline. Very few seahorses live to adulthood: it's about 0.1% (or 1 in 1000). So, keeping coral reefs around and healthy is vital! I would love to see these species stay around so I can keep seeing them on dives.