Seahorses are so elegant and graceful in the water! I remember as a kid having a dried one that had been purchased at a museum and I kept it like a treasure in a little plastic jewelry bag.
The initial paper cut was in black then used as an element in an underwater illustration for one of my fold out cards; and as a decorative element for party place settings. The ones on the left were lased in packets of hundreds for confetti!
Currently, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a special exhibit* called the Secret Lives of Seahorses. The site article mentions three ways one can help to safeguard these delicate creatures 1) don't buy them dried as mementos....2) help preserve their habitat and 3) follow this seafood buying guide with notes and chart on which shrimp to buy. Apparently seahorses get scooped up with certain types of shrimp so as a consumer you can avoid damaging the seahorse population and eat your shrimp, too.