Today I want to write about a cute, strange looking little fish called the leafy seadragon.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Related to seahorses, leafy seadragons grow to up to 24 cm long.
- They are very slow swimmers, but use their excellent camouflage that makes them look like seaweed to hide from predators. They also have sharp spikes along the side of their body that they use for protection.
- They use their long snouts to suck in small crustaceans, larval fish and plankton.
- Unusually, it’s the male who gets pregnant and gives birth to the babies. Females lay 100-250 eggs on a patch under the male’s tail, sticking them to little cups to provide the young with oxygen. At birth, the baby leafy seadragons are completely independent, even though they are only about 2 cm long.
- Leafy seadragons are found throughout the southern coast of Australia, from Western Australia to Victoria. They are the official marine emblem of South Australia and are considered near threatened due to pollution and pet collection.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about leafy seadragons?