Rare Australian Sea Dragons, Cousins to the Seahorse were one
of the few to survive Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans
Aquarium of the Americas
hurricane Katrina hit most of the Aquariums 10,000 fish did not
survive. Since the power was knocked out most of the water
became no longer habitable for most of the fish and other
creatures that the Aquarium had in exhibits. One of the few
survivors along with 19 penguins, sea otters and Midas the
turtle were the rare Australian Sea Dragons, a close related
cousin to the Seahorse.
“The survival of the rare, leafy and weedy sea dragons from
Australia surprised the aquarium staff, who did not think the
dragons - cousins to the seahorse - could survive "even a minor
fluctuation in the temperature of their water," Lee said.” (CNN)
"It was very surprising for everyone and also a big rallying
point for our staff," Lee said. "We had staff who stayed through
the storm and have been there stabilizing the animals and the
collection and getting them ready to move out." (CNN)
Not only were the staff of the Aquarium helping to save the
animals but also the New Orleans Police and the National
Guardsmen helping to save lives of the animals.
"Even when our staff had to be evacuated out for our own safety,
the police officers were able to stay back and get food to those
animals and keep a good number of them alive." (CNN)
The surviving zoo animals were taken to Houston, Texas, and
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as Dallas, Texas and to Monterey
Bay Aquarium, in California according to source from the
American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
The American Zoo and Aquarium Association have organized a
fund-raising initiative, headed by the Lincoln Park Zoo in
Chicago, Illinois, to provide help for the animals in need.