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The rig is drilling just six miles from Bournemouth's seven miles of golden sand.<br />
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Hold your horses - Alarmed conservationists are calling on the government to stop an oil rig drilling operation off the south coast because of the affect it could have on a precious seahorse colony.<br />
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The 100m high platform is currently drilling an appraisal well for oil deep under Poole Bay, Dorset, which forms part of Britain's UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.<br />
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Shallow areas of the bay are a well known breeding ground for both the native breeds of seahorses which are a heavily protected species.<br />
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But at this time of year the mystical creatures over-winter in deeper waters close to where the ENSCO 72 rig is positioned.