Leafy Sea Dragon (Phycodurus eques)Fun Fact!:
Sea dragons do not have any predators. Their combination of excellent camouflage, tough jointed plates and sharp dorsal spines offer adequate protection. Researchers have even observed sea dragons curling up to present predators with the row of menacing spines. Conservation Note!:
Pressure from poaching for aquarium hobbyists, curio seekers and Chinese traditional medicine market. Vulnerable to pollution from run-off and storm damage to kelp reefs.
Taken at Birch Aquarium at Scripps University, CA