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Hatching Seadragon in Aquarium

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A rare sea dragon that resembles seaweed when floating bred in a Southern California Aquarium. This unusual fish distant cousins of the seahorse and are difficult to breed. San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is now one among the few in the world to do so.

The aquarium says it has bred 13 types of seahorses since 1995 and started its weedy seadragon program because of that track record of success. The babies with leafy appendages are less than an inch long, and have eaten their first meal of tiny shrimp. The aquarium is keeping them out of public view for now.

The hatchlings come less than a year after the aquarium built what is believed to be one of the world’s largest habitats for the sea dragons, whose native populations off Australia are threatened by pollution, warming oceans and the illegal pet and alternative medicine trades.

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