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elements of living in the sea. We humans coming along and invading their personal space and poking cameras and bright lights in their faces is a relatively new occurrence to them. But by following a few simple rules of etiquette we don’t necessarily need to be a further threat. Rule number one, and this goes with any animal in their natural habitat – Do not touch. And this also applies to what you may think as “gently” coaxing them out from any shelters they may be under, be it seagrasses or structural. Leafy seadragons are susceptible to barotraumas, in that any sudden ascension or stress caused by forced movement can prove to be fatal. Yes, you want to take

you have to do is wait that little bit longer for them to gain your trust and present themselves some more. Remember, these are extremely modest animals and there’s every chance your bright lights are bothering them hence why they turn away and dip their heads down as you approach closer to them. Despite what many UW photographers believe about the use of as much light as you can generate, try doing the opposite. Lower your lumen output if you can and, together with whatever natural light that is available, you’ll find that by thoughtfully positioning your torches away for the poor leafy’s eyes you might find that it will be happier to pose for you. In other words, two more rules to think about are don’t overcrowd and do not

photos because that’s why you specifically travelled to one of the very few accessible sites where they can be found. It’s understandable that you have invested the time, effort and money getting there just so you can see one. And I guess that’s why we locals who live just a short drive from what is the world’s most renown site, Rapid Bay (SA), are blessed in that we can always return another day and take a few more shots each time until we get a portfolio of keepers. The best advice here is to be patient. Be guaranteed that leafies aren’t likely to scurry off in a hurry so all

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