Dragon Search South Australia - good work by divers in 2019, 2020 and 2021

Hi divers,

Thank you for all your work in 2019, 2020, and so far in 2021, to populate this visual database with seadragon records. The photos are very helpful for identification of individual seadragons, and long term monitoring of seadragons across locations in South Australia.

We started the Dragon Search South Australia project page on iNaturalist in 2019, as expansion of the 2013- 2018 pilot project at Rapid Bay, in which we used facial, head and body markers to identify individual seadragons over time. That community based project with the SA diving community provided important information about seadragons, including longevity, breeding frequency, number of broods per season, site residency, and physical damage to seadragons (e.g. appendage loss) over time.

We now have 30 divers adding to this database, and expanding the geographical range of the sightings. Over time, we will be able to learn much more about seadragons in other parts of SA, at ...more ↓

Posted on April 13, 2021 03:06 by marinejanine marinejanine | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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This is a project page for divers to add images of seadragons photographed at specific locations in South Australia.

Community-based seadragon research has been undertaken in South Australia since 1995. The Dragon Search program commenced in SA at that time, and later expanded to 4 other States. Citizen-science based research and monitoring projects on seadragons remain active in ...more ↓

marinejanine created this project on August 21, 2019
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