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The rig is drilling just six miles from Bournemouth's seven miles of golden sand.
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.
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.
Shallow areas of the bay are a well known breeding ground for both the native breeds of seahorses which are a heavily protected species.
But at this time of year the mystical creatures over-winter in deeper waters close to where the ENSCO 72 rig is positioned.