Friday Fish TimePosted: May 11, 2012
Weedy seadragon: Now isn’t that a wonderful little specimen? AND it’s a dragon. AND it’s only found in Australia. What a winner.
We’re pleased to note that the seadragon is indeed a fish and is related to the seahorse, although the seadragon can grow to 45cm.
The adult is predominantly reddish in colour with some wonderful splashes of yellow and purple. As you can see above, their leaf-like appendages help provide camouflage in seaweed (although those brilliant colours probably don’t help too much with that).
They get to 50m depths all along Australia’s southern coastline. They are listed as a ‘near threatened’ species.
Quiz: Which Australian state or territory features the weedy seadragon as their marine emblem?