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BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Aquarium now holds the distinction of being the only place in Asia to successfully breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity. A native to the waters of Southern Australia, the Weedy Sea Dragon is close kin with the seahorse and a pair of them bought from the Melbourne aquarium in 2011 managed to complete the mating process which can take up to six months and involves the female laying up to 200 eggs for a male to incubate.

Under the watchful eye of a specialist flown in from the UK, 20 of the eggs produced offspring making Korea only the third country in the world to breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity along with Australia and the United States. The roughly two centimeters long dragons will feed on crustaceans such as tiny shrimp and if all goes well, eventually reach a full size of about 35 centimeters.


 

 

Busan Aquarium Breeds Weedy Sea Dragons


BUSAN, South Korea — Busan Aquarium now holds the distinction of being the only place in Asia to successfully breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity. A native to the waters of Southern Australia, the Weedy Sea Dragon is close kin with the seahorse and a pair of them bought from the Melbourne aquarium in 2011 managed to complete the mating process which can take up to six months and involves the female laying up to 200 eggs for a male to incubate.

Under the watchful eye of a specialist flown in from the UK, 20 of the eggs produced offspring making Korea only the third country in the world to breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity along with Australia and the United States. The roughly two centimeters long dragons will feed on crustaceans such as tiny shrimp and if all goes well, eventually reach a full size of about 35 centimeters.


 

 

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