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.
A very colourful specimen. I have never seen this one before. it does resemble the Sea horse.Nice shot with good POV showing all the details. good notes too. Thanks a lot for introducing this new species,
It is so nice to see another of your colorful sea dragons. The fill-in flash illuminated the fish to a perfection, also softly lighting some of the kelps in the background, creating a perfect composition. Your POV was also perfect, making it possible to keep the whole dragon in sharp focus. Well done and TFS.