YEAR OF THE DRAGON WESNESDAY

YEAR OF THE DRAGON WEDNESDAY

Who’s ready to meet another dragon? We’ve travelled back to the land down under today to find this dragon. This dragon lives in the water and not on land! So grab your scuba gear and let’s dive in to find this wild and strange dragon!

MEET THE LEAFY SEA DRAGON!

Range/Habitat: Southern Australian oceans/near kelp and sea grass

Diet: Carnivore: mysid shrimp, plankton

Length: up to 14”

Conservation Status: near threatened

 

Fun Facts:

  • Leafy Sea Dragons are relatives of the seahorse.
  • Leady sea dragons have leaf shaped appendages all over their bodies that help them camouflage.
  • They use their dorsal and pectoral fins to swim.
  • Male leafy sea dragons incubate the eggs in a pouch on their tales.
  • They have long thing snouts that suck in their tiny prey.
  • Leafy sea dragons are a fish!

 

Leafy sea dragons are the official marine emblem of South Australia! We think they’re pretty awesome with their strange leafy appendages! They look kind of like aliens! These special cousins to the sea horse are protected in Australia.

 

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