|Leafy Seadragon is the plant-camo king.|
(Now turn the photo a 1/4 turn to the right. They float along with their "snout" to the floor of the ocean.)
Of course this is no horse, or plant for that matter. It is the Leafy Seadragon, an impossibly ornate 3-5 inch creature that lives in the sea of the Down Under, Australia. It is modeling the best sea weed camouflage ever created. This species was first bred in captivity at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
Another beautiful sea creature found at the aquarium is the Weedy Seadragon. One might imagine them to be the odd looking love-children of sea horses and plants. A little less ornate than the "Leafy" shown in the first photo, they are members of the same family, but a separate genius. Weedy Seadragons have no clasping tail to hold onto plants like their cousins the seahorse. Therefore, they slowly drift along while feeding from the ocean floor.
The best known from this family of creatures is the Seahorse. There are over fifty separate species ranging from less than an inch long, up to 14 inches. Males bear live young, making them one of the most interesting fish in the sea.
|JJ Soski at work, feeding sharks.|