During one of the interview sessions with Mother Nature, the team at the division of WWW/PR asked what was one of her favorite hobbies when she is not busy taking care of the change of seasons and checking over the stability of the environment.
Surprisingly, her response was, "observing and drawing leafy sea dragons". She finds great relaxation swimming along with them, then when it is time for her to rest, she sketches them out in her sketch book so that she can reflect back on the experience. She continued to say that the experience of swimming along with these elegant and majestic creatures is one of the most satisfying and relaxing things she ever experiences.
One of the team members decided to do some more research into "Leafy Sea Dragons" since the elves up at the North Pole have never really heard of these creatures before. The elves are always excited to learn something new, so they thought they would put this post together to share with all of the other elves and elves in training.
These creatures are marine fish in the same family as the seahorse. Much like the seahorse, the leafy sea dragon's name is derived from its resemblance to another creature (in this case, the mythical dragon).
These creatures though also have long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body. Interestingly these protrusions are not used for propulsion; they serve only as camouflage. The leafy sea dragon propels itself by means of a pectoral fin on the ridge of its neck and a dorsal fin on its back closer to the tail end. These small fins are almost completely transparent and difficult to see as they slowly move with a smooth up-and-down motion to move the creature sedately through the water, completing the illusion of floating seaweed.
They are fairly small. They are just slightly larger than most seahorses, growing to about 8–9.5 in. They feed on plankton and small crustaceans. It is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia.
Image and article source: Wikipedia
After reading about the Leafy Sea Dragons and seeing the pictures on how beautiful they are, the elves then wanted to draw them as well- just like Mother Nature. They took to the Internet again and found a great website for learning how to draw different things (and actually subscribed to the page's YouTube channel). There was an exciting article that walks you through step-by-step on how to draw the Leafy Sea Dragons. The page was well done and also includes a video and a free PDF download if you become a member to the site.
Please be sure to click on the link below to connect to the website we found so you can learn how to draw the Leafy Sea Dragon too.