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Save a seahorse this holiday

ENCINITAS — Consider adopting a seahorse for the holidays.On Dec. 13, a benefit event, SeaEscape, is being sponsored by Bloom Natural Health in Encinitas, supporting the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation. The object is to raise awareness and educate people of potential seahorse extinction and its direct relationship to the health of coral reefs and oceans.

Bloom will be releasing the remaining 50 tickets for free to the first people who RSVP to [email protected]. However, any further donation amount is appreciated. Donations can be made at At SeaEscape, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, at 264 N. Coast Highway 101, attendees will have the opportunity to adopt a pair of seahorses, which the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation will release into marine protected reserves in Tavarua, Fiji (Cloudbreak reef) and Tonga in May 2014.

Thanks to one donation, there are already two confirmed seahorse pair adoptions.

The event will be a fully catered with healthy eats by Chef Isabel Cruz, specialty cocktails by Beaming, organic sweet treats by Cups La Jolla and live entertainment by Tim Ray. The event will also feature the first ever showcase of Sarah Lee’s underwater photo art.

First 50 attendees will receive a special gift. Raffle items from Bloom Natural Health, Beaming, Floral Designs by Ari and a photograph by Sara Lee will be available to further benefit the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation. Complimentary valet parking will also be available.

The release will be broadcasted in coordination with the Fiji Volcom Pro World Surf Tour. This program is a part of the Foundation’s efforts to revive areas of the natural reefs that have already been damaged and native species have been removed by collectors.