A family of short-snouted seahorses (Hippocampus,
hippocampus) discovered in the Thames
- now cleaner, past the declining Fords works -
and kept a secret until a Wildlife & Countryside
Act was passed to protect them. Native to Italy
or the Canary Islands, now drifting down the Estuary
from Southend, as if water barriers belong to no one.
Polski attacks at Barking. Some things suggested clear,
I heard, over beer-battered hands in chipshops.
The laws, which came into force today, mean that anyone
found killing, injuring, or taking any of those species
from the wild faces a fine of 5,000 pounds or six months' imprisonment
One commentator described this visitation as "like finding treasure" -
coming to Dagenham shows their fondness for brackish waters