The Ruby Seadragon

The Ruby seadragon was discovered in its natural habitat by a team of scientists, including the Western Australian Museum. It is now one among only three known species of seadragons, making it particularly rare.

Unlike the leafy or weedy seadragons, this seadragon lacks leafy appendages thought to be common to all seadragons. This likely has to do with its habitat, which consists of open spaces and sponges, not kelp and seagrass.


Leafy seadragon at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

weedy seadragon

Weedy seadragon

Discovered in an Archive

The first ruby seadragon was actually collected 100 years ago, but the specimen was thought to be a leafy seadragon.

It wasn’t until 2015 that researchers discovered it might be something different.


“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.