Seadragons & Seahorses

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Seadragons & Seahorses is Birch Aquarium's new permanent exhibition that brings seadragon conservation to the forefront. The exhibition is home to Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as several species of seahorses and pipefish. 

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 Leafy Seadragons, something that has never been done in captivity before. 

Press Kit      Giving Opportunities

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Leafy Seadragons 

Known for their ornate camouflage and leaf-like appendages, these captivating fish are native to the shallow, seaweed-filled seas of southern Australia.

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Weedy 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. 

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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. 

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. 

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Press Kit

Please reach out to Beth Chee, Director of Marketing, at bchee@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8555 to set up expert interviews. 
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Giving Opportunities

Contact Jini Archibald at (858) 246-0065 or jbarchibald@ucsd.edu to learn more about how you can help these amazing creatures and support our new exhibition. 

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Follow Along

Follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and the hashtag #savingseadragons for exhibit updates and announcements. 

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 John Matthews at j5matthews@ucsd.edu or (858)822-5803.