The Birch Aquarium is throwing a baby shower! They have just welcome two very rare babies – weedy sea dragons. Apparently sea dragons are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity and the aquarium has been trying for years.
Sea dragons, as you can see, look like little flotsams of seaweed and are actually distant cousins to the seahorse. The Birch actually acquired their first sea dragons after years of successful work with other sea horse varieties. In the wild, most sea dragon species call the waters of Australia home.
The two new additions are about an inch long and will feed primarily on shrimp, like their parents. At this point, it is now known the gender of the babies; according to the Birch, they “likely won’t know until they reach sexual maturity in a few years. “This bit of sea dragon news caught my eye because we have sea dragons at the Minnesota Zoo; we’ve had them for years, so I didn’t realize they were rare. In fact, while YA is joyfully trailing her hands in the shark/ray pool (which she can do for a LONG time), I almost always wander over to watch the sea dragons. Their alcove is kept dark and they are mesmerizing as they float through their habitat, their “weeds” floating gracefully around them.
Do you have a favorite exotic animal?