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HOW AWESOME IS THIS?! SEADRAGONS PART 2

LEAFY SEADRAGONS, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO SEAHORSES AND WEEDY SEADRAGONS 

Exotic

   Exquisite

      Enchanting

        Extraordinary


Seadragons are some of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet. Their spectacular gossamer, leaf-shaped appendages over their entire bodies enable them to blend in perfectly in their habitat of seaweed and kelp found in water to the south and east of Australia’s coast.

Seadragon males are responsible for childbearing. The male dragons have a spongy brood patch on the underside of the tail where females deposit their bright-pink eggs during mating. The eggs are fertilized during the transfer from the female to the male. The males incubate the eggs and release miniature sea dragons into the water after about four to six weeks (as seen in the video).

Seadragons survive on tiny crustaceans such as mysids, or sea lice. They are frequently captured by divers hoping to keep them as pets. In fact, such takings shrank their numbers so critically by the early 1990s that the Australian government placed a complete protection on both species. Pollution and habitat loss have also hurt their numbers, and they are currently listed as near threatened.

Leafy seadragon documentary film “The Vanishing Dragon”,   uploaded to YouTube by madge1964 on Jan 5, 2009, was filmed in South Australia. The complete documentary DVD can be purchased at www.abysspictures.com

Leafy Sea Dragon Compilation” YouTube video, uploaded by on Sep 23, 2006, is filmed in South Australia under the jetties at Rapid Bay and Wool Bay

Exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  ~ Leafy Sea Dragon HD SlowMix, Leafy Sea Dragon, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey California, USA, Uploaded on Mar 21, 2010 by jimg944

Orlando SeaWorld breeds rare seadragons ~ “We see people come up to this (seadragon) exhibit every day, and they’re just amazed to see that there’s something so unusual-looking. They’re a beautiful representation of the marine life of the ocean,” said Teryl Nolan Hesse, assistant curator for aquariums at SeaWorld Orlando. “They come here, see this, and they get excited about it. And when they’re excited about something, they want to learn more.”

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2018993230_seadragons26.html?syndication=rss

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafy_sea_dragon

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AMAZING SHAMU ~ INCREDIBLE MOVIE!!!

The Story of “Believe” centers on a boy and his amazing connection to a Killer Whale. For the first time in the  history of Sea World, an original score was produced specifically for a Shamu show biggest production of Sea World’s history- Uploaded by Marciodisney on Apr 7, 2011.

What I find to be so amazing and incredibly moving is the fact that humans can interact so successfully to the point of ‘being as one’ with 9,000 pound (one is actually 12,00 lbs.!) killer whales who are the top predators in the world, killing and eating anything they want at any time.  The absolute devotion and love the trainers have for these Orcas is overwhelmingly beautiful.  What magnificent and majestic animals they are!!!

Here is a quote from the video, “Behind the Scenes – Beautiful”.  “Each of us in our world, in our own right has a moment in our life where something happens to us and everything that’s happened before comes into focus and we are changed from that moment on.”  ~ Don Franz, Producer/Creative Director in the video, ‘Making of Believe’

The relationship between trainer and whale is based on trust, positive reinforcement and love and the animals thrive.  Laura Surovik, Assistant Curator for Animal Training, has worked with the orcas for 21 years and her favorite  ~ “ there’s always that one…her name is Katina, she started it all in 1985 when she had her first baby and I love her like a person. I feel she’s taught me how to be a better mom, a better wife, a better a better friend, just a better human being.”

I must say that I can’t remember when I’ve been so moved watching a movie and I hope that you will find it to be as well.   These lyrics from the song, ‘Believe’ say it all: “A single moment, our eyes open wide, anything is possible.  And in that magic moment, somewhere deep inside, all that was impossible is possible.

Of course it goes without saying that this is ‘one of the best’ to share with your family and friends. 

Don’t you just want to experience the thrill of being able to hug one of these majestic animals – I DO!!!