leafy sea dragon, front view #2  [140K]

This leafy sea dragon's  kelp-shaped appendages present a confusing appearance, even when viewed from the front. The extensions on its head look like the stems of a plant. The pectoral fins on either side of its head are barely visible, as they beat rapidly in a rippling motion to steer the dragon from side to side. As with seahorses, sea dragons are very slow swimmers, relying on their ability to blend in with their surroundings for survival.

Identification: Phycodurus eques

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