Leafy Sea Dragon

Posted by: Aamir

Jun 28th, 2009 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , , ,

The Leafy Sea Dragon is a marine fish related to the Seahorse and is found around southern and western Australia. It gets this name because of the long leafy extensions on its body. These leafy extensions are not meant for swimming, rather only for camouflage.

The leafy sea dragon uses tiny pectoral fins found on its back for propulsion. These fins are almost transparent and difficult to see when used for movement. When the Leafy Sea Dragon moves, it appears as a floating sea weed thereby confusing its predators. The Leafy Sea Dragon feeds using a long, pipe-like snout. Its diet consists of plankton, shrimp and small fish.

The Leafy Sea Dragon uses its head to steer but its outer skin is solid thereby limiting mobility. Leafy Sea Dragons have been observed remaining in one location for extended periods of time (up to 68 hours) but will sometimes move for lengthy periods at a speed of up to 150 meters (490 feet) per hour.

I took these photos at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Information Courtesy: Wikipedia


    



Posted by: Aamir

Jun 28th, 2009 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , , ,
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  1. Margie
    July 21st, 2009 at 11:40:

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    Awesome pictures, Aamir!
    I really enjoyed them!

    Take care , my friend!

    Margie:)

  2. Kate
    September 15th, 2011 at 05:52:

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    I here by name the bigger one Edward if its a boy, if it so happens to be a girl its name is Amelia. Same goes for the baby unless they are tge same gender, then the other will be Edgar or Cornelia.

  3. Aamir
    September 15th, 2011 at 09:14:

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    I love those names. I will be using them in the future. Thank you!




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