November 29, 2012

Weedy Sea Dragon

Photograph by Richard Wylie

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The camouflage that weedy sea dragons use to hide in the temperate marine vegetation they derive their name from is so successful that once they reach adulthood they have no natural predators. Unfortunately they are still at risk due to habitat destruction. The males of the species carry the bright pink, fertilized eggs underneath their tails for about two months before the fully formed young hatch and are left to fend for themselves.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)

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Isobel Anderson
Isobel Anderson

I just love that it is the males who keep the eggs safe. they look like beautiful pink pearls each cotaining the new lilittle ones.

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