🛠 10/4: Site traffic crashed TKSST today. Thanks for your patience as it gets fixed!
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Two weedy seadragons dance into the night

Watch more with these video collections:

From the BBC’s Life series, two weedy seadragons dance into the night. We also get an up close look at a male’s eggs and a newly hatched baby: 

Living off the coast of south Australia, weedy seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are the only known species along with sea horses and pipefish – where the male carries the eggs. Although the eggs start out in the female, she lays about 120 of them onto the tail of the male where they are then fertilized and develop until they hatch.

Feeding on plankton, larval fishes and small shrimp-like crustaceans, seadragons resemble swaying seaweed making them difficult to find in their natural habitats, even though they can grow to about 46 cm in length.

weedy sea dragons
weedy sea dragon eggs
Related watching: more Syngnathidae videos (the fish family that includes seahorses, pipefishes, and both weedy and leafy sea dragons).

Plus: Weedy sea dragons exchange eggs from female to male.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

What to Expect From an Expecting Seahorse

Rion Nakaya

Weedy sea dragons exchange eggs from female to male

Rion Nakaya

The Secret Life of Plankton

Rion Nakaya

Tagging Tiny Turtle Hatchlings – ScienceTake

Rion Nakaya

Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs

Rion Nakaya

Saturation: Colorful Marine Creatures from Indonesia & The Philippines

Rion Nakaya

Robust Ghost Pipefish camouflage

Rion Nakaya

Red crab babies hatch and run for land

Rion Nakaya

Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of vibrantly-colored coral camouflage

Rion Nakaya