1 -- 2) The leafy sea dragon
is a favorite of visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
FISHY TALE: How we broke the story in yesterday's Record; HIDDEN HORRORS: The scary angler fish, left, and leafy sea dragon
, above; SHELL SHOCK: The giant deep sea isopod resembles an underwater cockroach; DARK SECRET: An aristostomias fish, above, and a colourful toadfish, below; OUT OF THE BLUE:; The winteria fish, right, which uses its huge eyes to spot silhouettes of prey on the ocean's surface, was found by BBC's Blue Planet
Some of them - the leafy sea dragons
- appear to be garbed in flowing regalia straight out of a psychedelic 1970s dream.
Leafy sea dragons
look like they are made of leaves.
The Sea Life Centre in Bray will display the amazing new residents - a pair of leafy sea dragons
The back of the book contains a wealth of information about the appearance, habits, and life cycles of sea horses; maps that indicate locations of coral reefs, Leafy Sea Dragons
, and other animals in the Australian Coral Reef.
Weedy and leafy sea dragons
are now located at the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace, where visitors can view their odd features.
So far visitors can see piranha, water rats called the Nutria rat, Humboldt Penguins from Peru, seals, dart frogs, crocodiles, leaf fish and leafy sea dragons
as well as giant spider crabs that usually live at 400m depths in the ocean.
Children can count to 10 and back by tallying unusual sea creatures such as nudibranchs, leafy sea dragons
, and basket stars.
The stars of the show range from the bizarre, such as the handfish, a creature that uses its fins to walk on, and the beautiful, like the exotic leafy sea dragons
Nearly 60 species, from South African blackfooted penguins to leafy sea dragons
, colorful corals, moray eels and tropical sharks are on exhibit.