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Video: SeaWorld Orlando's Weedy Sea Dragon hatchlings

So just how rare are the Weedy Sea Dragons hatchlings at SeaWorld Orlando? Only six times worldwide have the sea dragons ever been known to hatch in captivity, according to SeaWorld. And it's the first time ever for the U.S. marine park to have a sea dragon hatch in one of their aquariums. The sea-dragon eggs started hatching at the end of July, after a female laid more than 100 in June. The adult sea dragons are on display at the Manta Aquarium in the park, with the babies being raised in a backstage nursery.

Sea dragons are a cousin to the more common seahorse, featuring a similar, bony-plated body and elongated snout, but on a larger scale. Like seahorses, the male sea dragons bear their young. They are native to the tropical waters of coastal Australia.

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