Seadragon drawing and painting by Crystal Smith at New England Aquarium in Boston

Dragons at the New England Aquarium

Seadragon drawing and painting by Crystal Smith at New England Aquarium in Boston

An Australian native (which explains the accent) the Leafy Seadragon is among my very favourite undersea creatures. I was really thrilled to see one during my visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston! They had a beautiful large tank for it, complete with seaweed to camouflage itself in if the crowds got to be too much. I love the idea of this Seadragon actually growing leaves in order to hide from its prey. Imagine if people could do the same thing, growing leaves and branches to hide out in the forest? 

Seadragon drawing and painting by Crystal Smith at New England Aquarium in Boston

The way the Seadragon moves only adds to its allusion. The small pectoral and dorsal fins keep it afloat, and show minimal movement. This means it can ‘float’ along, seeming to drift with the current while really retreating or simply travelling on its way.

A solitary creature, the Seadragon’s camouflage doesn’t lend itself to social situations. How many times have I wanted to blend in with the furniture? The term “wall flower” comes to mind. 

Seadragon drawing and painting by Crystal Smith at New England Aquarium in Boston
Seadragon drawing and painting by Crystal Smith at New England Aquarium in Boston