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Leafy sea dragon by AramWilliams, via Flickr

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Leafy sea dragons have leaf-like appendages on their bodies resemble floating pieces of seaweed which makes them difficult for predators to find. I saw one in Tenn. at acquarium, was awesome!

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Weedy Sea Dragons grow to a mature length of about 18 inches (45 cm). They use camouflage as their primary defense, and are found along the southern reefs and sandy underwater areas of Australia. Though relatively common compared to Leafy Sea Dragons, Weedy Sea Dragons are also government protected, and subject to strict export controls.

seadragons | sea dragons have long tails the males have a brooding pouch located ...

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Leafy Seadragon, Phycodurus eques (Günther, 1865) - Australian Museum. Also called Glauert's Sea-dragon

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Leafy Sea Dragons, Phycodurus eques ~ MarineBio.org

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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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aqua dragons are pets | Sea Dragons and Seahorses - YouTube

Leafy Sea Dragon by lecates, via Flickr

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