Friday, January 13, 2017

Mysterious ruby seadragon spotted in real life for the first time

Read the article at the link below to discover how they were able to locate and film this newly discovered species.

Eva Botkin-Kowacki
Staff writer for Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2017

Seadragons, with strange appendages protruding from their bodies and long, straw-like snouts, seem like mythical creatures. But marine biologists have known for more than 150 years that there are at least two distinct species that actually exist.

So imagine how surprised marine biologists Greg Rouse and Josefin Stiller were when they discovered a third species of seadragon, which they named the ruby seadragon.

But part of what makes their finding remarkable is the journey that led them to this new species. The researchers didn't discover the the critter swimming around in the ocean. That surprise came later. The team was analyzing dead, decades-old tissue from museum collections when they made a startling realization: a few of the ancient specimens had been incorrectly classified as the common seadragon.


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