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: : STEVE JONES When you say to some people that spotting leafy seadragons can be difficult they reply, “Really, how can that be. Aren’t they bright orange?”

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K NOWN as one of the animal kingdom’s true appendages to blend in with the green and brown seagrasses and seaweed in which they like to reside. Wait up, how can something that’s “bright orange” and, may I add, grows to more than 30cm in length, “blend in” with a seabed covered in green/brown foliage be so hard to find? Easy; meaning, the answer is easy. And part of that answer is right there in your hand or mounted on your camera rig in that, until you actually sight one and then shine some light on them they really can be damn near impossible to see. Leafies are naturally shy and they rely on being elusive for both their survival and, most probably, own piece of mind. By no fault of their own leafy seadragons are high up on many diver’s bucket lists and, due to their undeniable unique beauty, they have become prized photographic subjects. Despite having no natural predators, being fundamentally fragile and such slow swimmers however can make them vulnerable to the many of the hostile masters of camouflage, leafy seadragons, as their name and appearance suggests, use their leaf-like

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