“Camouflage” from the exhibition – Expressions of the ocean

November 11, 2015

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Impressive from any angle, the leafy sea-dragon, much like a sea horse, this leafy sea dragon, carved from cuttle-bone is a stunning addition to any room.

The Leafy Sea Dragons name derives from it’s resemblance to another creature, in this case the mythical dragon.

Slightly larger than most seahorses, growing to an estimate 20 – 24 cmthese guys share the same diet as a whale, with their diet of crustaceans and plankton. What makes this little guy, not only impressive, by appearance of it’s camouflage, imitating a piece of seaweed, these little guys can borrow a skill from the cuttlefish, which is that they can change colour to better suit their surroundings and to avoid predators. Popularly known as “leafies” and the marine emblem of the state of South Australia. As with sea horses the male Leafy sea dragon cares for the eggs and once hatched these amazing creatures are completely independent and by the age of 2 they are typically full grown.

Valued at $3300 on display at Sirene Sea Pearls in Dromana

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