SeadragonSearch 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. SeadragonSearch 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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Wild Seadragons Across Australia
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April 2021 Leaderboards
SeadragonSearch leaderboards showcase the top contributors to our database on a monthly basis. The top photographers list acknowledges contributors who have shared their photographs with SeadragonSearch. The top submitters list acknowledges contributors who have spent time filling out report forms to organize and upload photos to the database. Leaderboards are updated here at the end of each month, and current rankings for the past 30 days can be monitored at our Wildbook site.
"I have loved these elusive and charismatic seadragons since I first saw them. I want them to be understood and protected."
Dewy WhiteScripps Institution of Oceanography
"Seadragons are fascinating and amazing animals. I can't wait to understand more about them."
Nerida WilsonWestern Australian Museum
"Seadragons are emblems of southern Australian environments. Understanding their distributions through time and space is critical for conservation."
Greg RouseScripps Institution of Oceanography
"Seadragons are beautiful and unique icons for marine conservation with the potential to help us more effectively conserve coastal habitats."
Chrissy TustisonScripps Institution of Oceanography
"Being able to contribute in a small way to seadragon conservation and research is a joy for me. These are perhaps the most beautiful creatures on the planet (sorry, whales. you're cool too)."
Jason HolmbergWild Me
"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 KlantenUniversity of Technology, Sydney
"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 BoothUniversity of Technology, Sydney
"Education about charismatic species such as seadragons has the potential to engage communities in marine conservation efforts."
Keith Martin-SmithThe Hutchins School
"Seadragons are an iconic species of the great southern reef that inspire curiosity around the world."
Kade MillsVictorian National Parks Association
As strongly site-associated fishes, Leafy and Common Seadragons are masthead species for the protection of seagrass beds and coastal reefs across southern Australia.