The Leafy Sea Dragon is unique to Australia along the southern and western coasts. The name comes from the leaf like look which covers the body of the dragon, it of course uses the “leaves” as a camouflage. It swims by way of a pectoral fin on the neck as well as a dorsal fin on its back near the tail.
Leafy Sea Dragon Wikimedia Commons
Although the actual shape of the dragons body is like a sea-horse it is slightly larger. The dragons grow to around 20-24 cm or 8 to 10 inches. It also cannot grasp anything by its tail like a sea-horse can. If you look at the photo’s of the Leafy Sea Dragon, they look like they are different colours, but they are all actually the same. The camouflage of the dragon is to resemble the seaweed it is around, it then automatically changes colour to the colour of the seaweed. The diet of the dragon is small fish and shrimp, but it does not have any teeth which is apparently rare amongst animals that have this type of diet.
There are two types of dragons, The Leafy Sea Dragon and The Weedy Sea Dragon. The Weedy Dragon is actually multi-coloured and has very small weed like fins and is a lot smaller. People often get these 2 dragons mixed up, but they are totally different. You can see both in aquariums, and both are considered as being a fish.
Weedy Sea Dragon Wikimedia Commons
The Leafy Sea Dragon is the marine emblem of the state of South Australia. The Sea Dragon is a protected species in South Australia. There used to be a festival held by the council of Yankalilla in South Australia “Leafy Sea Dragon Festival”, I’m not sure if they still have this, hopefully someone may know. It was a festival of the environment and arts.