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|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
Ikelite underwater housing and ds50 strobe.
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