The Sublime Dance of the Weedy Sea Dragon

by Jennifer Frazer on December 26, 2009

Snowed in and still wired  . . . so I’d like to close the year with something beautiful for you to contemplate. BBC keeps releasing short clips of “Life” on YouTube, and here is another (Dang you BBC! When will you release this in full in the states? When? When?!). Hit the resize button second-to-right in the lower right-hand corner to super-awesome-ify it, and the HD button too if you have the bandwidth.

Sigh. I’ll never forget the first time I saw leafy sea dragons (a relative of these weedy sea dragons) at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. My mom practically had to drag me out of the room.

Sea dragons are not true seahorses, belonging instead to the seahorse sister taxon (most closely related group), the pipefish. The proper name of the group is Syngnathinae, which means fused-jaw (syn-gnath), and if you look at their beaks, you can see that their jaws are indeed sealed shut. Here’s a short BBC article discussing the Life clip you just watched.

And with that, we conclude our programming for 2009. I look forward to sharing the tiny, slimy, tentacled and beautiful with you in the next decade too. Cheers, all, and stay safe this holiday season. : ) Jen

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Denise Thomas/Vireo December 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Jennifer Frazer December 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting. : ) jf

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