Leafy Sea Dragon head close-up view [142k]

One advantage of photographing aquarium specimens over wild specimens in the ocean is the lack of damage to the leafy appendages. Another advantage is not having to travel to their breeding waters, since many aquariums around the world now have seahorse exhibits, featuring both "leafies" and "weedies" as Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons are commonly called by divers. Three of the most recently added seahorse & sea dragon exhibits in the United States are at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon, the New Jersey State Aquarium in  Camden, New Jersey, and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tennessee Aquarium also has an excellent online store featuring books, videos, coffee cups and other accessories depicting these most famous of ocean creatures.

Phycodurus eques

other aquariums known to have sea dragons in the United States:
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, California)
The Florida Aquarium (Tampa, Florida)
Birch Aquarium (La Jolla, California)
Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, Illinois)
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies* (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)
Dallas World Aquarium (Dallas, Texas)
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (Tacoma, Washington)
Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, Washington)
Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California)
New York Aquarium (New York City, New York)
Waikiki Aquarium (Honolulu, Hawaii)-- see their excellent Marine Life Profiles page for fact sheet and kid's sea dragon coloring sheet and puzzles
Audobon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
New England Aquarium (Boston, Massachusetts)
Baltimore National Aquarium (Baltimore, Maryland)

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