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Leafy Seadragon


Leafy Seadragon
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Shew (kshew) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 30] (202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: sony p200
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-25 18:05
Viewed: 4601
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my perspective, perhaps one of the most spectacular animals I may ever see in the wild. Wish
my photo skills were more up to the task though.
With a couple weeks left for my stay in Australia,
I purposely tried to find a place to see them on
a scuba dive and it was a little difficult doing
research. Luckily in South Australia a place said
they see them with some regularity. This guy
is about 15 inches long and I'm in about 10 metre depth. For me the sighting was just awesome.
They are actually extremely difficult to spot as any other view than this profile makes it look
like floating weeds.

The Leafy Seadragon is a close relative of the seahorse. The feed on larval fish and sea lice.
It is actually the male of the species which gets pregnant and gives birth. The female will
lay eggs in the males brood patch where they
will be fertilized.
The male sea dragon carries and incubates the eggs until they hatch. Only 5% may survive to their
2 year maturity. They are protected under Australian
Law. One article said they are found in the ocean waters of southern Western Australia, South Australia and further east along the coastline of Victoria province, Australia. I'm not sure if they are found
elsewhere.

Ikelite underwater housing and ds50 strobe.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-25 23:16]

That is an awesome capture, Ken.
You went through a lot of trouble to get it, but it is certainly worth all the effort. Your leafy sea dragon is very sharp and well lit, quite an achievement under the conditions that you were in, 10 meters underwater. I am so surprised that it is so yellow. The one I have seen (in an aquarium) was more blue-green-brown. But then, it was swimming among sea kelp.Thanks for sharing this very unusual creature. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-03-26 8:33]

Hi Ken
Thank for showing us such an exceptional animal! It's really great to see how Nature works. The photo is ok and the notes are perfects.
Josť M.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-01 17:33]

Hello Ken, What a strange and wonderfull animal. Colors and details are great even at 10 meter depth . Congratulations and TFS Donald

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