A few days ago, beachgoers in Australia were in for a huge surprise. A load of massive weedy sea dragons and other bizarre creatures were spotted along the beaches in Northern Australia. To add to the mystery, these fish were found lifeless, shocking the beachgoers.
For the past few weeks, Australia experienced record rainfall. Following this, many unusual creatures got washed up on the shores across New South Wales. Even experts were greatly surprised by the abnormal presence of countless lifeless marine creatures on the beaches. These strange creatures have been found in a number of areas such as Cronulla, Malabar, and Central Coast. Wash-ups on beaches aren’t a rare sight in Australia, but this is around 10 times the usual amount. As claimed by Dr, David Booth who’s a professor of marine ecology, the massive load of strange fish at beaches is the collective result of multiple factors including the shocking weather conditions, big surf, and pollutants being carried onto the beaches.
Although such fish are a normal sight on Australian beaches, the distance they have traveled is quite concerning. Usually, the maximum distance moved by adults is approximately 50-500 meters from their place of origin. Dr, Selma Klanten, the lead investigator, these creatures may suffer a loss of habitats and other environmental changes as a result of being washed up to these beaches.
These bizarre creatures are also identified as common sea dragons. Thanks to their strikingly vibrant colors, they are quite popular among divers. They can grow up to 45cm in length and they generally reside among reefs. So, what are your thoughts about this incident? Let us know in the comments.