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Seadragon breeding, conservation efforts highlighted in new Birch Aquarium exhibit

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Posted at 2:47 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 20:25:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Birch Aquarium has opened a new exhibit showcasing one of the sea's most beautiful creatures in one of the world's largest habitats for the animal.

The aquarium's new permanent exhibition "Seadragons and Seahorses" featuring Weedy and Leafy seadragons and several species of seahorses and pipefish.

At the center of the exhibit will sit one of the world's largest seadragon habitats in the world, measuring 18 feet wide, 9 feet tall and containing 5,375 gallons of water, according to the aquarium.

The exhibit takes guests into the lives of seadragons and seahorses, showcasing the sea life in a habitat designed to create the ideal environment for them to breed. Guests will learn how to observe the animals like scientists, catch distinguishing features, and identify courting and mating behaviors.

The exhibit also gives visitors a peek into the Birch Aquariums Husbandry Team working to ensure the species thrives.

Access to the exhibit is included with admission, which is $19.50 for adults and $15 for children 3 - 17 years old. For more information on the exhibit, visit the aquarium's website.