I saw a real live dragon today!
My sister and her family came down to visit this week, and today we drove to tour the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.¬† And, they had sea dragons in their exhibit.
Here is a picture of their weedy sea dragon:
And here is a picture of their ribbon sea dragon:
The sea dragon can be found in the waters off of Australia.¬† They grow to be 10 – 12 inches, and may live to be about 8 years old.¬† They belong to the same family that sea horses belong to.¬† Like the seahorses, the females lay the eggs on the male’s body and the males carry the eggs around with them until they hatch, about 2 months.¬† Sea dragons are considered a Near Threatened species, and are protected from collection by Australian law.
There are only about 50 aquariums that have sea dragons world wide.¬† In 2008, a sea dragon in the Atlanta aquarium became pregnant for only the third time.¬† For More Info
For more information on the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans