leafy sea dragon, profile view [109k]

This view of a Leafy Sea Dragon shows a tiny translucent fin along the side of the head (pectoral fin). The fin is nearly invisible, adding to the illusion that the animal is floating or pushed along by an invisible force. Note the hatchet-shaped bony projection protruding from between the eyes. As with its seahorse relatives, the eyes move independently. Divers report that "leafies" are very difficult to see in the wild, even to a trained observer, as they drift among the greenish-brown seaweed.

Phycodurus eques

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