Leafy Sea Dragon

Marty CohenDaily Photo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seahorse7 Comments

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The leafy Sea Dragon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium looks like a drifting clump of seaweed. It is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. These seahorse cousins disguise themselves as seaweed with dozens of leaflike fins. The fins are not used for propulsion, but serve only for camouflage. They grow to about 8-10 inches in length.

These photos were taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/90 sec at f/4.0, ISO 1000 on SanDisk Extreme IV Digital Film.

7 Comments on “Leafy Sea Dragon”

  1. an incredible looking creature…can’t help but bring a laugh and a smile…the photo’s pretty incredible too.

    1. Thanks. They are pretty incredible. And I have another photo of two of them casting shadows down the back wall of the tank. I’ll post that one one day this week.

  2. Unbelievable!!! I have a secret passion for biomimicry but I’ve never seen this elaborate of an example.

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