This photograph demonstrates the intricacy, camouflage and bizarre evolution of the leafy Sea dragon (Phycodurus eques). The leafy sea dragon has evolved to perfectly mimic its surrounding seaweed habitat.
It was photographed off the South Australian coastline at a depth of 5 m at midnight. I searched for the leafy sea dragon using scuba gear, an underwater torch and specialised underwater photography equipment.
Photo Credit: Caelum Mero