Sea dragon facts and information:
Size: Leafy, up to 13.8 in (35 cm),
Weedy, up to 18 in (46 cm)
Did you know?
The tail of a male leafy sea dragon will turn bright yellow when he is ready to mate
What does a sea dragons look like?
Sea dragons are some of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet. Adorned with gossamer, leaf-shaped appendages over their entire bodies, they are perfectly outfitted to blend in with the seaweed and kelp formations they live amongst. Sea dragons have very long, thin snouts; slender trunks covered in bony rings; and thin tails which, unlike their seahorse cousins, cannot be used for gripping. They have small, transparent dorsal and pectoral fins that propel and steer them awkwardly through the water, but they seem quite content to tumble and drift in the current like seaweed. Leafies grow to a length of about 14 inches (35 centimeters), while the slightly larger weedies can grow up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) long.
Sea Dragon video.
Where do sea dragons live?
Endemic to the waters off south and east Australia, leafy and weedy sea dragons are closely related to seahorses and pipefish. Leafies are generally brown to yellow in body color with spectacular olive-tinted appendages. Weedies have less flamboyant projections and are usually reddish in color with yellow spots.
What does a sea dragons eat?
The sea dragons has a long, pipe-like snout that it uses to feed. It primarily eats crustaceans including plankton and mysids, but its diet also includes shrimp and small fish. It catches its prey using its ability to be camouflaged. Leafy sea dragons oddly enough do not have teeth, which is rare amongst animals that eat small fish and shrimp.
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