• The seadragon
  • MNWeG
  • 15.12.2022
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A male weedy se­adra­gon

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Se­adra­gons are some of the stran­gest fish in the sea.

The weedy se­adra­gon in parti­cu­lar looks more like sea­weed than a fish.

It has flaps of skin that make wavy bran­ches, which help to dis­gu­i­se it.

The se­adra­gon also drifts along like sea­weed. So a pre­da­tor might swim straight by wit­hout re­co­gni­zing it.

For a mouth, se­adra­gons have a tube that is per­fect for su­ck­ing up shrimp and tiny plank­ton.

Se­adra­gons are cou­sins of se­ahor­ses. Like se­ahor­ses, it's the fathers who are in char­ge of the eggs.

The male weedy se­adra­gon's tail turns yel­low when he is ready to carry eggs.

Each dra­gon dad car­ri­es around two hundred eggs, which the fe­ma­le se­adra­gon gave him.

The eggs stick safe­ly under his leafy tail until they are ready to hatch.

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