DragonSearch Mission

DragonSearch is a collaborative research project that seeks to expand understanding of wild seadragon populations through meaningful community involvement. Seadragons are icons for marine biodiversity, but there are still many knowledge gaps for their conservation. DragonSearch will use data from underwater imagery to track these unique fish across their distribution for a decade, providing a window into their lives as well as the health of their habitats.

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Currently Understood Distributions

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Contributors

Dewy White

"I have loved these elusive and charismatic seadragons since I first saw them. I want them to be understood and protected."

Dewy White

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Nerida Wilson

"Seadragons are fascinating and amazing animals. I can't wait to understand more about them."

Nerida Wilson

Western Australian Museum
Greg Rouse

"Seadragons are emblems of southern Australian environments. Understanding their distributions through time and space is critical for conservation."

Greg Rouse

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Chrissy Tustison

"Seadragons are beautiful and unique icons for marine conservation with the potential to help us more effectively conserve coastal habitats."

Chrissy Tustison

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Selma Klanten

"Seadragons are a charismatic marine animal with a unique life history. This website will provide a platform to follow, monitor and keep tabs on individual seadragons for future generations to enjoy."

Selma Klanten

University of Technology, Sydney
David Booth

"It is important to focus research efforts on the ecology and behaviour of threatened fishes such as seadragons, and then apply this research to inform policy."

David Booth

University of Technology, Sydney
Keith Martin-Smith

"Education about charismatic species such as seadragons has the potential to engage communities in marine conservation efforts."

Keith Martin-Smith

The Hutchins School
Kade Mills

"Seadragons are an iconic species of the great southern reef that inspire curiosity around the world."

Kade Mills

Victorian National Parks Association