Video: SeaWorld Orlando's Weedy Sea Dragon hatchlings
Sentinel photographer Joe Burbank takes you on a close-up view of the unusual marine animal and their rare babies.
Juvenile Weedy Sea Dragons swim in their habitat at SeaWorld Orlando, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. It was the first-ever captivity birth of the Weedy Sea Dragons in the park's history. The adult sea dragons are now on display at the Manta Aquarium. It's only the fourth time in the U.S. and sixth time in the world that the sea dragons have hatched in captivity. (JOE BURBANK/ORLANDO SENTINEL / August 20, 2012)
Sea dragons are a cousin to the more common seahorse, featuring a similar, bony-plated body and elongated snout, but on a larger scale. Like seahorses, the male sea dragons bear their young. They are native to the tropical waters of coastal Australia.
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