Video Of A Ruby Seadragon In The Wild Captured For The First Time

January 16, 2017


This is a video captured by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum of a ruby seadragon filmed in its natural habitat for the first time. The ruby seadragon is the third known species of seadragon, and differs from the other two species in its bright red coloration and lack of leaf-like appendages. This is the first time one has ever been seen alive. It's no mermaid, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Keep hunting, marine biologists. You know I originally went to college to become a marine biologist but had to change my major after the first semester because I failed all my biology exam. Apparently writing 'mermaid titties' for every answer wasn't the right thing to do. "It was a multiple choice test." I thought they were trick questions!

Keep going for the informative video.

Thanks to Allyson S, who agrees we should definitely follow that dragon back to its lair to see what kind of treasure it sleeps on. I'm betting on pirate gold.

  • Hazakabammer

    Okay, so what was learned that warrant spending that much money? Hiring a boat, hiring/buying a submersible camera drone, probably a team of people travelling to Australia, probably by plane, staying in hotels.

    From what the video says all they did was confirm it behaved like any other sea dragon - one might question their intelligence if you examine it from this perspective; they had three types of snail and they knew how two behaved, then they went to find out how the third behaved, expecting it to be different.

    Forgive my dense thought process here, but isn't it similar to sitting at a factory line watching identical products pass by, expecting the new to be different even though it's highly probable it will be the same?

    They had biological specimens to study for chemistry, genetics, simulations, anatomy- so the real finds were already locked in, like new medicines. What good does observing a non-sentient, non-social animal do? Are they expecting it to just begin doing underwater cartwheels?

    I'm cranky and I need to sleep but all in all this seemed like an utter waste of time. These marine biologists could have been doing something much more worthwhile like trying to talk to dolphins with breeding of the smartest and developing a sonar lexicon. Hell, let's get a neural network down there and feed it raw dolphin speech inputs, let's see if it can make progress towards synthesising dolphin speech (which we would understand as we'd see the process on the computer side.)

  • TheQiwiMan

    This planet is so frikkin cool.

  • Meh

    So whats the difference between a seadragon and a seahorse?

  • TheQiwiMan
  • One looks like a dragon, and the other one looks nothing like a horse.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Its shape...

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