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Dragons Arrive at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dragons Arrive at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Category: Seasonal Holidays

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, the must-visit destination in The Dubai Mall showcasing the marvels of the aquatic world, is heralding Chinese New Year 2016 with exciting new additions to its family and a spectacular underwater show with an eastern twist.

Arriving at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo just in time to ring in the Chinese New Year are Weedy Sea Dragons. This is the first time that visitors in the region will have the opportunity to view this beautiful species, native to waters off southern and eastern Australia.

Closely related to seahorses, sea dragons are some of the most ornately camouflaged animals in the world. Their entire bodies are adorned with delicate, leaf-shaped appendages, ensuring they blend in perfectly with the seaweed and kelp fronds that make up their natural habitat.

Weedy Sea Dragons survive on a diet of tiny crustaceans such as mysids, or sea lice. They can grow up to 46cm in length and, as with sea horses, sea dragon males are responsible for bearing their young.

Discover the Weedy Sea Dragons in the ‘coastal area’ of the Underwater Zoo from February 4.

This year, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is welcoming in Chinese New Year with an aquatic take on the time-honoured ‘Dragon Dance’, a classic art form performed at festive celebrations.

Adding a touch of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo flavour to this tradition, divers will be performing daily underwater versions of the Dragon Dance in the main aquarium for the delight and entertainment of visitors. Each ‘dance’ will last for 15 minutes and will be performed hourly (2pm – 8pm) from February 4 to 20.

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