By John Virata
This cousin of the seahorse is native to Australia, though they have been successfully bred at several public aquariums.
The weedy sea dragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) is native to coastal waters of southern Australia, with a range from the east coast near Sydney, to Perth and to the west coast of Tasmania’s southern tip. It lives in temperate coastal waters with rocky reef outcroppings, sand patches adjacent to coral reefs, seaweed beds and seagrass meadows. These physical characteristics act as a camouflage in their native surroundings and look like sea weeds. A relative to the seahorse, the weedy sea dragon lacks teeth and stomachs and must feed nearly all the time. They feed on mysid shrimp, plankton, larval fish and other small crustaceans.
This video was shot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium using a Canon 60D DSLR with a Canon EF 18-135mm lens. The video was imported into iMovie and consists of an opening still image, the video file, and a closing moving image. The audio track is from the iMovie library.
The video originally appeared on FishChannel.com, which was incorporated into Petcha.com