Birch Aquarium, in San Diego, California, announced two new members of its aquatic family on February 13. It has hatched a pair of weedy sea dragons. The aquarium is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
This rare species can grow to be 18 inches long. It gets its name from its seaweed-like appearance. Weedy sea dragons are native to southern Australia. Due to climate change and pollution, some have been moved to aquariums for protection.
Jennifer Nero Moffatt is a senior director at Birch. “This is a momentous event,” she says. “We have spent over 25 years working with these animals and love that we have made the next steps to conserve this delicate species.”