Believe it or not, the sea dragon is a real animal! There are two kinds: the leafy sea dragon and the weedy sea dragon. Both species resemble mythical dragons due to their body shape, and are related to the seahorse.
Photo and caption by Brian Blackburn "Sea horses are very camera shy. It took over half an hour to get this shot. Every time I would slowly and gently move around to get a better view of his face, he would just as slowly and gently turn his back to the camera. Finally I was able to get a nice profile shot". Location: Tasi Tolu Beach, Dili, Timor-Leste. National Geographic Photo Contest 2011.