Leafy Sea Dragons ~ Monterey Bay Aquarium

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amir heydari on December 4, 2010

wonderful shot! like

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on December 5, 2010

Hi Denise

Very beautiful view.. Very beautiful capture and presentation. Congratulations.

I LIKE

Best wishes, İsmail

Nadia Kushnir on December 5, 2010

Like!

©theWolfsEye☼ on December 6, 2010

Great, I like!

Best wishes from Wolf ;°)

~ Denise Cottin ~ on December 7, 2010

Hello my Panoramio friends. Thank you for your comments and interest in the fascinating Leafy Sea Dragon! Here’s a bit more information (thank you Wikipedia!) that will hopefully answer all of your questions. :)

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These fish look like their seahorse cousins, the main difference being the leaflike fins that help them hide among seaweeds. Leafy Sea Dragons are larger than most sea horses, growing to about 20–24 cm (8–10 in).

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The leafy sea dragon is found only in the waters of Australia from Kangaroo Island on the Southern shoreline to Jurien Bay on the Western shoreline. A leafy sea dragon will actually travel several hundred metres from its habitat, returning to the same spot using a strong sense of direction. They are mostly found around clumps of sand in waters up to 50 metres (164 feet) deep, hiding among rocks and sea grass. They are commonly sighted by scuba divers near Adelaide.

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Sea Dragon Fun fact: As with seahorses, it's the father who bears the babies. A male seahorse has a pouch on his belly for carrying eggs, but a dragon dad carries eggs on the underside of his tail.

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Leafy sea dragons are subject to many threats, both natural and man-made. They are caught by collectors, and used in alternative medicine. They are vulnerable when first born, and are slow swimmers, reducing their chance of escape from predators. Seadragons are often washed ashore after storms, as unlike their relative the seahorse, seadragons cannot curl their tail and hold onto seagrass to stay safe.

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They have become endangered through pollution and industrial runoff as well as collectors. In response to these dangers they have been officially protected by the Federal Government of Australia.

finek on December 7, 2010

Very beautiful shot! <<:::LIKE:::>> Greetings finek

ANITNOEL on December 9, 2010

Very nice surprise.LIKE!!

_Monica__ on December 9, 2010

Ys for your gallery! I like it very much!

vladanscekic on December 9, 2010

Wonderful!

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Greetings,Vladan

FinlayCox143 on January 17, 2011

^LIKE^ from me

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Photo taken in Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 4, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by ~ Denise Cottin ~
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-GF1
    • Taken on 2010/11/30 01:32:51
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/1.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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