字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 I'm in South Australia, where winter has arrived early, buying gale force winds in what was supposed to be summer. The seas have been wanting impossible to dive in, and I'm worried that the leafy sea dragon, the weak creature I so desperately want to see, will forever remain a mythical creature. Overnight, the windows dropped and Carrie and I have to make the most of this window in the bad weather to be a fish. There's lots of these little lives down here. He's a cool little fish surrounding grips, growing their teeth. With that close, they sound like no women grumbling pretty little fish than that for me, the most visual fish down here. Levi's have relatively small territories, rarely bigger than 10 meters squared. But the recent violent currents and tides means that the sea dragons could have been carried anywhere along this coast. Once out of the eel grass habitat, they're vulnerable. That's if they've survived the power of the storm. Oh my goodness main. But then Kerry points out what initially looks like a clump of seaweed. But in fact, it's an old friend. I'd like to introduce you. This is one of my dragons have been following that is just one fish. It's hard to believe it's official. I was expecting a much harder run. I thought we were gonna be swimming around for analyst before we actually saw one way right underneath the jetty. Freddie. He's a lovely out of his territory. I was expecting to find it much further out than what we are finally in the shallows like this is incredible. But it is one of the most one lately flamboyant animals I've ever set my eyes on just absolutely exquisite, hardly looks like a fish at all. And I guess that's the whole idea. You can kind of see the seals in it, but early sort of flaps and flanges these blowing flags, I guess. Just take it to another level. Oh, my goodness, May I'm happy with Maxim. A cup believe I'm actually here. Finally looking at a dragon, it seemed, for a while there we weren't even going to get in the water. Leafy is really does exist, unlike its mythical namesake, and you can see where the dragon part the name comes from. It looks every bit like a Chinese dragon. How is but next In August, of 2007 say he's only about two years old now. That's pretty impressive. I mean, it is. This is biggest. They get until they get bigger. They actually do get bigger. Ax is about 16 to 18 inches. Love. Some actually get up to 600 millimeters, or about 24 inches or two feet long in the old scale. And look at that. When he goes into the suite, suddenly he vanishes. And then that's the secret with the dragon. It's all about context. When you see them out in the open, they're very obvious. As soon as they move into the weed, they vanish. I have got so many questions for those folks back in the museum, I would say that the Sea Dragon is a uber specialist. Leafy. It's so perfectly adapted to basically hiding and help very looks just like it. I mean, I'm amazed if you can see the guys so many people, you know they just don't see them. It's that just beautifully camouflaged. Yes, that does mean if they swim out into open water, they're toast. So they have to stay in that in that area, and they become it's It's It's like a reinforcement, your specialized. You're living in a certain place. You want to get better and better and better and better and better, and you end up as you say, you're in a corner in evolutionary sense. That ain't no corner. That's a great place to be. But of course, when when humans come on the scene and we start disrupting the system, we start taking help away. We start impacting that very, very special kind of environment. The problem is the accelerated rate of change that humans have brought to the picture. So, yeah, the Porc dragon may well be a victim of its own success. The only fish bits against the term obvious. But even then that metal Kris, what's causing this animal to be up very suddenly maneuver around in the water. But on the bright clear, you can see the dorsal fin pulsating way. That's pretty much this fish is only mode of propulsion. The other two friends that he has either side of the head they look a bit like, is there the picture of fence and they could kind of turn them on and turn them off. They don't do that sort of flat breaks calls state as it were, by just supple operations of different fins, Dragon can maneuver itself around. I guess it's a bit like flying a helicopter. These fish really, really difficult to remove from the world to disappoint the desire to have one in a fish tank. I can't imagine ever, ever removing a fish like this from its habitat. It blooms hair. Come and have a look up close tail. You can actually see the dimples on the bottom of the tail. Here for miss years grew that exit left behind. So Max may have fathered as many as 250 babies this year. And as we're returning to the jetty, I spot another leafy, which turns out to being Max's partner. You. This is Max's girlfriend Way lost four months ago, a little bit older so that she's a little bit thicker and a little bit chunkier in the body. Glad we found her. Great to see that you're still alive. If Carrie's right Max is have babies this year, then finding Michelle, his partner, means that there's an even greater chance of us finding the juvenile fees that triggered the first When I spotted anyway. We're gonna protect this area because we don't have this. We don't have dragons, but our air is running out. So if we want baby dragons, they have to wait to the next. Well, we got our dragons absolutely fantastic. I know you can't see it, but I'm smiling from eating here. Carrie, thank you very much. That's brilliant. Absolutely fantastic.