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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. January 2010.
Shot through glass in near darkness.

Leafy Sea Dragon :heart:


Location: southern and western coasts of Australia

Length: 10 - 12 in

Diet: crustaceans and small fish

* Leafy Sea Dragons are threatened due to pollution, industrial runoff and diver collection.


Other odd sea animal photos:

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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the dark background and almost-square format for this cool creature.  :)
Chontica Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just..beautiful.
Eevrutty-Kitsunami Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Artist
Guess I now know who they base off of Dragalge from xD
prettyflour Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

Heart Heart Heart Nod Heart Heart Heart 
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you so much :dance:
kouKatsumi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Lovely shot!
XxFracturedHeartxX Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
WOW. :omg:
Raposa-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, a sea dragon! So cool! fascinated by the colors! :eyepopping:
sudikihyanda Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
awsome :)
iswhatitis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are sooooo cool, seen some in Honolulu a few years ago,
Nice pic.
irisuediting Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow freaking cool
Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
In he goes to join another one that's already in my faves [link] :) Maybe they'll breed and I'l have lots of tiny ones floating around in my faves gallery :D I wouldn't mind - I love them.
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it's a deep sea horse! nice picture
shinywen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Another artist on my watch list just made a selection of her posts available as a 2011 calendar through DA. I think this would be a fantastic idea for you! Many of us would love seeing underwater life every month of the year.
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, I've never even thought of making a calendar. Thanks for the suggestion! :heart: I'll have to sift through my millions of photos :noes: and see if I can find some worthy shots that cover the 12 months. :D
shinywen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Yah definitely! I have you on my watch list but if you decide to do this, please let me know, and I'll spread the word.
shinywen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Your photos are just stunning, and I love that you include information about the subjects as well. Well done!
Maikekai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
oh yay!! I LOVE the Shedd! and that is a cool picture^^
Rangavar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i hav a picture of a leafy sea dragon in my gallery too! lol
they're so pretty =D
FerociousFruit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   General Artist
wow!! great shot :clap:
Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So wonderful! The creatures of the dark sea are so amazing! :wow:
PondDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating creature beautifully captured :love:
molehu Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
magical :nod:
devilicious Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
i have some kick ass seahorse photos - these guys are so cool!
WokeUpInVegas Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Infernoferren Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love leafy sea dragons - they're so beautiful! ....yet so difficult to get photos of!
youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
ViscountDevil Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
I want one.
Alxyz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I have your permission to use this photograph for a school project on sea creatures? It's extremely beautiful.
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
yes, of course! You have my permission. Just please give credit where it is due and please send me a note when you're finished because I'd LOVE to see what you come up with! ;)

Nicole P (foowahu) :heart:
Michi8 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
How do you set up a shot like this? I assume there was a light reflection on the glass...? Is there a setting that gets rid of stuff like that? Just curious, I don't know anything about the technicalities of photography.
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
well, I didn't really have a set of for this shot at all :giggle; I just kept walking around the tank, moving with the sea dragon and snapped as many shots as I could (I wasn't allowed to use flash, as it disturbs the animals) so it was VERY difficult to get a good shot of these animals. There was a very small amount of light reflection on the glass of the Sea Dragon Tank because they are exhibited in kind of a dark section of the Shedd Aquarium (which ended up being very helpful for me).
Michi8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Ahh, I see I see. Thanks for the explanation!
0-kelley-0 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I so love these creatures! Beautiful capture.:heart:
Uxie9 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Oh! Incredible! Your a real artist! :heart:
Adi-Emus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010   Photographer
featured in my journal [link]
have a nice day:wave:
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :glomp:
DragonMemories Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice job. You have a lot of patience! ^_^
jon-rista Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing creature. I really love sea horses...they are some of the most intriguing little sea critters. Its sad that there is so much blots out any fine details. I'm guessing you had to take this with a really high ISO?
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes correct. I took SOOO many photos of this Sea Dragon (with and without the flash) and this is the ONLY photo that turned out decent.
I shot the photo in near darkness through very thick, curved glass... so it was VERY difficult to get any sort of decent shot of these animals :noes:

But I spent a lot of time at their exhibit and I tried to get the best shots I could with the shooting conditions I was given...
So, for such a crappy situation... I think it turned out alright =P
jon-rista Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed, it turned out pretty well. :) At least it was a larger species...many of them are only a couple inches in size, and pygmy sea horses are less than a centimeter long I think.
wynters-darkness Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Beautiful creature!! Well done!
LadyAragorn91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG! Sooo sweety sea horse! :D I want this one! :D Great capture!
BadHorseX2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Shedd is a wonderful place, great shot!
InaRosdal Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I've never seen a creature like that before! Great shot!
sandpiper764 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Never seen anything quite like this, it's beautiful. Great shot !
Liuanta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww, what an amazingly gorgeous creature! Looks like fairy-tale dragon. :love:
BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never seen anything like it... !
Nookslider Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is my all time sea creature.
Hydrangeas Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
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