location: Long Beach, CA
best viewing hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm
time zone: Pacific Time
Despite their common name, Ribbon Dragons are not true sea dragons but rather pipefish. They live in the shallow tropical seas of Australia and Indonesia. Using their prehensile tails to attach to seagrass, they search for prey, consisting mostly of planktonic crustaceans.
Ribbon dragons are bottom dwellers, making their home in seaweed or seagrass beds and feeding on mysid shrimp and other tiny animals. They can grow up to nearly 12 inches long and range from greenish-yellow to brownish-red in color with white spots and feathery appendages.
Male ribbon dragons incubate their eggs in a specialized brood pouch located on the underside of their bodies. It takes about two weeks for the babies to fully develop. When the babies begin to hatch, the male twists and turns his body to release them from his pouch.
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