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by:Newland     2019-10-08
La Jolla, California (AP)
At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but an eye moves in its multi-leaf attachment, and the small and translucent fin ridges begin to shake, let this creature slide in the water like something in a fairy tale.
An aquarium in Southern California has built an aquarium that is considered one of the world\'s largest Surrealist Hailong habitats, where native Australian residents are threatened with pollution, sea warming and illegal pet and alternative drug deals.
University of California, San Diego, the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute of Marine Research, hopes that this month\'s opening exhibition will lead to a leafy Hailong
The well-known cousin of the hippocampus, first bred in captivity.
\"It looks like a piece of kelp,\" said 25-year-old Steven Coval, who is visiting San Diego in Greensboro, North Carolina, and spent time to see the exhibition.
\"For me it was actually living and swimming around and it was crazy so it was cool.
I have never seen such a thing before.
This is a common reaction.
Leslee matsushighe, deputy director of the aquarium, said: \"They look like things outside the world . \" He pointed out the amazing self-camouflage ability of Hailong.
\"When people see them move, you hear them say, \'Wow, it\'s alive! That\'s crazy.
Scientists like pine branches hope that the magnetic force of these creatures will prompt people to read the signs next to the tanks, which outline how to protect them and what can be done to make the oceans healthier, for example, pick up garbage and prevent pollutants from being discharged from the sewer.
There are very few aquariums with sea dragons.
There are only two types of sea dragons, leaves and weeds, each representing its own genus.
Both are found only in a small portion of temperate waters off Australia\'s southern and western coasts.
Little is known about them because they have such a small population and live in remote areas.
Up to now, there are only weedy sea dragons, a hard-bone fish floating like seaweed, breeding in captivity, only a few times.
The Pacific aquarium in Long Beach is the world\'s first aquarium to breed weeds in 2001.
It also tries to breed the multi-leaf Hailong.
Birch Aquarium 18-foot-long (5. 5-meter-long)
There are three leafy sea dragons in the tank, two male dragons and one female dragon and 11 weeds. The 5,300-gallon (20,062-liter)
Tanks are a huge space, especially for smaller multi-leaf hailons that grow to only about 14 inch (36 centimeters)in length.
There are grass plants, sand and rocks on the tank.
Scientists hope this large space will promote reproduction.
Hailong mirrors each other in the courtship dance, before the females deposit the eggs on a patch under the male tail, they spiral upwards.
Like the hippocampus, the male carries the baby and gives birth to the offspring.
\"We have seen great courtship behavior, so we hope we can get some egg transfers soon,\" said Jenn Nero Moffatt, director of animal care at Birch Aquarium . \".
This exhibition is the latest effort of the world\'s leading Seahorse Breeding aquarium.
Hailons swim by rotating translucent fins, and their tails serve as the rudder.
They do not have natural predators, in part because their slender bodies are covered with bone plates.
Scientists believe that if both types of sea dragons can be bred, the number of illegal acquisitions from the wild can be reduced.
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