Seadragons & Seahorses is Birch Aquarium's new permanent exhibition that brings seadragon conservation to the forefront. The exhibition is home to Weedy Seadragons and several species of seahorses and pipefish.
For the first time ever, Birch Aquarium has successful bred Weedy Seadragons behind the scenes of this exhibit. Only a handful of aquariums around the world have bred these unusual fish. The babies are not on display, but you can learn more about their exciting birth on our Seadragon Breeding Program page.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is one of the most expansive seadragon habitats in the world. The 18-foot-wide, 9-foot-tall exhibit holds 5,375 gallons of water — that's equivalent to 70 bathtubs! More than being a stunning display, the habitat is designed to create the ideal environment to breed seadragons.
These seahorse cousins use their bright coloration and seaweed-like appendages to hide among the kelp-covered rocky reefs of temperate southern Australian waters.
Seahorses and Pipefish
Captivating seahorses and pipefish, from temperate and tropical waters, will also be featured. Don't miss the seahorse babies born right here at Birch Aquarium.
See unusual fish like the Ornate Boxfish in spectacular displays. From tropical coral reefs to the chilly waters off of Southern Australia, diversity of habitats and species is at the forefront in this exhibit.
More about the Exhibition
Seadragons & Seahorses immerses aquarium guests into the underwater lives of seahorses and seadragons, while giving a peek into the work Birch Aquarium’s renowned Husbandry Team is doing to ensure that these species survive into the future.
Dappled light, dramatic photography, and larger-than-life imagery set the scene as guests learn how to observe these animals the way scientists do: by noticing the unique features that distinguish individual animals and identifying courtship and mating behaviors that will make our breeding program a success.
Why Seadragons and Seahorses?
The husbandry of seadragons is increasingly vital due to the impacts of climate change, warming oceans, and illegal collection of wild populations, whose numbers are still widely unknown.
Birch Aquarium has been successfully rearing seahorses in captivity for nearly 25 years, making us a leader in the field. We hope this new exhibit will result in our first successful seadragon breeding.
Contact Jini Archibald at (858) 246-0065 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can help these amazing creatures and support our new exhibition.
Thank You To Our Generous Donors
This exhibition is made possible through generous donations from the community. If you are interested in learning more or supporting Seadragons & Seahorses, please contact Jini Archibald at (858) 246-0065 or email@example.com.