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a weedy sea dragon
November 29, 2012

Weedy Sea Dragon

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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Photograph by Richard Wylie
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