FAMAG 2008.45

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Mitchell, Paul: Leafy sea dragon, Boston Aquarium, photograph, 31 x 43 cms. Presented by the artist as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Darwin 200 celebrations.

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The lobes of skin that grow on the leafy sea dragon give it the appearance of seaweed, allowing it to camouflage with its surroundings. Its leafy appearance allows it to appear to move through the water like a piece of floating seaweed. It can also change colour to blend in, but this ability relies on the sea dragon's diet, age, location and stress levels.