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In their element
Publishing date 1/12/2014
The quiet and elegant dance of the almost transparent jellyfishes; sea dragons almost blending into their surroundings; the seahorses, champions of camouflage, clinging to the seabed with their prehensile tails... these are just a few of the highlights of the Oceanographic, in the City of the Arts & Sciences. Its aquariums show the beauty of the ocean depths and transmit the viewer a message of conservation of the species. Those in danger of extinction are exposed to threats ranging from direct exploitation to accidental catches by unselective fishing but, especially, caused by the degradation of their habitat. Come to see these species in their element and enjoy, it's like you're at the bottom of the sea.
The Oceanographic, in the City of Arts and Sciences, has also incorporated three new specimens of sea dragons, of the species Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, a species from the south coast of the Australian continent that reaches up to 45 cm. These animals are cousins of the seahorses and are characterized by being very well camouflaged in the environment where they move. So much that they can be mistaken for seaweed drifting.
As in the case of the seahorses, the male sea dragon is also responsible for caring and sheltering the developing eggs. The female transfers between 200 and 300 eggs to the fluffy male's tail fully prepared to brood the eggs. From this point, the male carries, oxygenates and nourishes the eggs for a period of one to two months.
Come to the Oceanographic and watch the swimming jellyfish, the elegant seahorses and quiet sea dragons that seem to dance in the water beyond the interest aroused around them.