Leafy Seadragon

In White Light
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Here was another Leafy Seadragon that was swimming in daylight.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:18:22 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_0587
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Departing
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This Leafy Seadragon was departing for deeper water which provided a nice view of its tail.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:17:27 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2132
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Invisible Fins
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The Leafy Seadragon is propelled by transparent fins on its dorsal and ventral sides. Even up close they are impossible to see.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:17:31 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2135
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Evening Light
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The name "Leafy" comes from the profusion of leaf-like appendages used for camouflage not for propulsion. The Leafy Seadragon, here under evening light, is meant to resemble floating seaweed.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:17:17 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2131
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Three Seadragons Swimming Together
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Here was a group of three Seadragons swimming alongside each other. This made it hard to tell were one began and the other ended.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:18:25 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2137
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Floating Seaweed
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This shot shows how successfully they can pass themselves off as floating seaweed.


Leafy Seadragon external link (Phycodurus eques)   •  Also Glauert's seadragon, found along southwest coasts of Australia   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 18 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:19:15 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_0589
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