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Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons, Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragon Pictures, Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragon Facts

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.... #Sea_Dragons


Sea Dragon - Unbelievable Floating Specters

The Leafy Sea Dragons move around via a dorsal and pectoral fin. The leaf-like protrusions are much larger than those of the weedy sea dragon, and can change color, depending on the diet and stress levels of the individual creature. The leafy sea dragon is South Australia's official marine emblem, and it is even the subject of a biennial festival, the “Leafy Sea Dragon Festival”, which is run by the District Council of Yankalilla, in South Australia.

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Nature - Week 3 Gallery - National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

Gorgeous! A Male Leafy Sea Dragon laden with eggs. In person, these are some of the most breathtakingly graceful creatures you will ever lay eyes on. . .