Photographer's Note

The Leafy Sea Dragon, is a marine fish related to the Seahorse. They are very large for sea horses, growing at least 18 inches (45 cm). They feed on plankton and small crustaceans. I found this dragon while diving in the cold waters of Tasmania.

Females deposit eggs on the tail of the male where they grow to maturity. While diving in Tasmania I found 3 sea dragons – 2 were males that had eggs on their tails. Unfortunately, I did not get as good a picture of the males with eggs.

The waters around Tasmania are full of Kelp. I was told that most of the large kelp forests have disappeared – plus it looks as if the remaining kelp is in danger of disappearing in the near future. I’m not sure what this prognosis means for the Leafy Sea Dragon – which is already in danger of extinction.

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