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Spot weedy seadragons and other species of invertebrates and fishes that naturally coexist with seadragons in their native habitat—Australia’s temperate reefs.
Know Before You Go
There are three species of seadragons in the world—leafy (Phycodurus eques), weedy (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), and the more recently discovered ruby (Phyllopteryx dewysea).
- The weedy seadragons use their exceptional camouflage to hide from hungry predators. Challenge yourself. How many seadragons can you find during your visit?
- Aquarium educators are often present to provide in-depth information about weedy seadragons and their unique habitat. Feel free to ask them if you have any questions.
Animals in This Exhibit
Meet the residents of this exhibit.
A Look at Life in Australia’s Temperate Reefs
Seadragons live in Australia’s temperate reefs, and our exhibit displays a little slice of this unique habitat. Unlike tropical coral reefs, these temperate reefs are dominated by seaweeds, boulders, and soft corals. Aquarium artists handmade and painted the extremely realistic artificial rocks and coral in this exhibit.
Protecting Endemic Species like the Weedy Seadragon
The Southern Australian Temperate Reef is home to many endemic species, meaning they are only found in a specific geographic region. As an endemic species, any changes to a seadragon's habitat due to threats like climate change can pose a challenge for them. You can help tackle climate change on a community level, which helps seadragons even if you don't live near them.
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