FATHER OF DRAGONS

Weedy sea dragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

Shortly after descending into the chilly depths of the Tasman Sea, I encountered this magnificent weedy sea dragon. This male will carry fertilised eggs on his tail for up to eight weeks, when his brood could produce up to 250 hatchlings. Weedy sea dragons are endemic to Australian temperate marine waters.

North side of the Lanterns, Cape Hauy, Tasmania

Canon 5D Mk IV, EF 16–35 f2.8 L 11 USM, 1/125, f/14, ISO 500, Nauticam underwater housing, twin INON Z240 underwater strobes

by Jenny Stock, United Kingdom