Baby Weedy Seadragons

Breeding these seadragons is seen as a great achievement. Image: Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium’s four baby Weedy Seadragons made their debut this week.

The four siblings were born at Melbourne Aquarium, one of a few in the world that has been successful in breeding Weedy Seadragons in captivity. Weedy Seadragons are unique to Australia and are on the Near Threatened list, due to damage to their habitat through development and pollution.

They will be appearing on Sydney Aquarium’s Easter Egg Laying Trail during these school holidays, as they are one of the few species where the female produces the eggs, then transfers them to the male. He keeps the developing eggs in the skin under his tail for a month before the hatchlings emerge.

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