Two Weedy Sea Dragons will soon be dancing their way to Scarborough Sea Life centre as part of an important breeding programme designed to protect the vulnerable species.
Weedy Sea Dragons perform a rather unusual mating ritual that resembles a dance with each mirroring the other’s every move.
The centre is already home to four male Weedy Sea Dragons and staff are hopeful that the introduction of two females will spark romance.
“Sea Dragons are mesmerising to watch at the best of times but it would be really something to see the courtship dance” said Senior Aquarist Todd German.
“It’s great to be able to offer the kind of facilities to best recreate a natural habitat and encourage behaviour such as breeding. Their new home is like a super-tank designed to offer optimum conditions for breeding so we all have our fingers crossed” said Todd.
The new arrivals will meet their prospective partners on 28th August after travelling from Weymouth.