Dr Richard Smith

DR RICHARD SMITH, a British award-winning underwater photographer, author and marine conservationist, aspires to promote an appreciation for the ocean’s inhabitants and raise awareness of marine conservation issues through his images. A marine biologist by training, Richard’s pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, led to the first PhD on these enigmatic fishes. Richard is a member of the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group. He has named the two most recent pygmy seahorse discoveries from Japan, Hippocampus japapigu, and South Africa, H. nalu. Richard organizes and leads marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment. His bestselling book, ‘The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs’ is out now:

My new book ‘The World Beneath‘ includes a chapter about my pygmy seahorse research and the new Sodwana and Japanese pygmy seahorses. BUY HERE


An interview for IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish & Seadragon Specialist Group “Meet Richard Smith, the pygmy seahorse expert” LINK HERE…

 Watch Underwater Tribe’s interview with Richard here: