Seadragons are not only beautiful, they are also threatened in the wild. Pressure from the aquarium trade, combined with the challenge of studying these camouflaged creatures in their remote southern Australia habitats, has led to a decline in the wild without knowing exactly how many Seadragons are left. Because of these pressures, Birch Aquarium created the Seadragon Propagation Project in 2012. In partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists, the aquarium has been studying Leafy and Weedy Seadragons both in the wild and in our state-of-the art captive breeding facility. We hope that captive breeding of Seadragons will spread the word about these vulnerable creatures and help reduce the pressure on wild Seadragon populations.
Check out Leafy and Weedy Seadragons in There’s Something About Seahorses and learn about the research being done at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to better understand the distribution and genetics of these unusual creatures.