Preservation of Specimen?

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Preservation of Specimen?
Post # 1

I found a dead but fully intact sea horse today. I don't know where to exactly take this, and I know the internet has many things on this already, but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about how to preserve a speciment such as a seahorse but with magickal intention? Does anyone know what can be done with a sea horse as far as magick goes? Really just asking anything about magick + a dead seahorse lol!

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Re: Preservation of Specimen?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2

As a biologist, and an avid collector of sea creatures in jars, I feel I can tell you the best way to preserve the seahorse (though I'm unsure about how to do so with magickal intent). Firstly, it depends on whether you want to dry the seahorse out- or if you want to keep it in a jar so that it looks as it did when alive.

To dry the seahorse out: Soak it in rubbing alcohol for a few hours. Once it has soaked, take it out and either place it in direct sunlight. You can also dry it gently with paper towels. If it has issues drying, or there's not a lot of sun exposure where you live, you can also add salt onto the seahorse to quicken the process. The tail might bend as it dries. If so, you might hold it down with a weight or place the seahorse between two plates.

To preserve the seahorse in a jar: It's always best to have a preservative like ethanol, but that can be hard for people to get sometimes. If you go to the store and buy 90% rubbing alcohol (the highest you can buy in the store) this can work just as well. Fill the jar with the rubbing alcohol, place the seahorse in, then seal the jar air tight. Keep in mind that the more you fiddle with it and open it, in the future, the more you might see some decay. This typically will work for a long period of time. I currently have a Portuguese man o war, a baby shark and a puffer fish all preserved in this manner on my altar.

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Re: Preservation of Specimen?
Post # 3

Thank you very much for the information! I'll probably end up preserving it in a pretty jar.

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Re: Preservation of Specimen?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4

Depending on what you are doing, you might add color to them to help in your magical endeavors. I tend to decorate the jars with bows and ribbons that match the colors on my altar I use them for. I also tend to attach small shells, bits of algae and moss, and other washed up items that would make good offerings.

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