The Leafy Sea Dragon

Guadalupe Ponce, Staff Writer

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The leafy sea dragon is a type of fish, they are about the size of a teacup. Sea dragons are one of the most camouflaged creatures on the planet. They have leaf shaped appendages over their entire bodies, this is perfect to blend in with the seaweed and kelp in the environment they live among us. They are found in the waters off south and east Australia, sea dragons are related to sea horses and pipe-fish. They are usually brown to yellow in body color with olive tinted appendages. Just like sea horses, sea dragons males are the ones that carry the child with them. But instead of a pouch like sea horses have, sea dragons have a patch where the females put their bright pink eggs during mating. They incubate the eggs and carry them to term, releasing baby sea dragons into the water after about 4 to 6 weeks. Sea dragons are frequently getting taken by divers that want them as pets. The divers took the sea dragons so much that the Australian government placed a complete protection on them. Pollution and habitat loss have also hurt their numbers.