Friday, June 13, 2008

I'll be your candle on the water.

This adorable little angel is a leafy sea dragon. It's native to Australia, y'all, and it's related to the seahorse. And of course it's endangered.

Why is it that we never hear of these things until they're featured in articles talking about how they're "endangered" and "extremely rare" and how important it is to preserve them?

I can't tell you how sick of this I am getting. Add this one to the list of amazing animals that won't be around for much longer.

This, at least, is good news:

ATLANTA—A weedy sea dragon at the Georgia Aquarium has something to celebrate this Father's Day.

One of the rare creatures is pregnant for only the third time ever at a U.S. aquarium, aquarium officials said. But don't look for the expectant mom—dads carry the eggs in this family.

The aquarium's sea dragon has about 70 fertilized eggs—which look like small red grapes—attached to his tail. He is expected to give birth in early to mid-July.

Sea dragons, sea horses and pipefish are the only species in which the male carries the eggs.

1 comment:

Michael Diamond said...

Penguins care for their eggs as well