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Even seahorses get the bends
1st March 2021

By Justine Thompson

Vets at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine put a woman’s ailing pet seahorse into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to cure him of gas bubble disease, which is similar to decompression sickness or ‘the bends’, a condition that occurs in scuba divers who surface too quickly.

The veterinary school’s oxygen chamber is usually used to heal animals’ wounds, but vets put the seahorse in a water-filled glass container inside the chamber and followed the Navy’s treatment protocol, curing the little sea creature,  Associated Press reports.