Striking images capture the majestic beauty of seadragons

Researchers in Australia finally caught on camera what they were looking for: a new species of seadragon in its natural habitat.

Footage released this week in Marine Biodiversity Records shows the elusive"Ruby Seadragon" in the waters off Australia's remote west coast.

"I fully expected that we knew all the seadragon species that are out there, but the discovery showed us that we can still find big, charismatic, bright red fish that no one has ever seen before," Josefin Stiller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, said in the video highlighting the new species. She discovered the "Ruby Seadragon" in 2015 by analyzing the DNA of preserved specimens.

Seadragons, which have long, thin snouts and leaf-shaped appendages that act as camouflage, are related to pipefish and seahorses. Before Stiller's discovery, only two types were known: the Leafy Seadragon and the common seadragon (sometimes also called the Weedy Seadragon).

In celebration of the new footage, here are striking images of other seadragon.

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A weedy seadragon is seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California on May 26, 2016, during a press preview of the 'Horses and Dragons' and 'Vanishing Animals' exhibitions which opens today until March 31, 2017. / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Leafy Seadragon swims in a display at Singapore's Underwater World on February, 2002. This species of seadragon can grow to a length of 45 cm, and is a close relative of seahorses and pipefishes. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Jonathan Drake JD
Juvenile Weedy Sea Dragons swim in their habitat at SeaWorld Orlando, August 16, 2012. It was the first-ever captivity birth of the Weedy Sea Dragons in the park's history. The adult sea dragons are now on display at the Manta Aquarium. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
A juvenile ribbon seadragon is seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California on May 26, 2016, during a press preview of the 'Horses and Dragons' and 'Vanishing Animals' exhibitions which opens today until March 31, 2017. / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Weedy Sea Dragon swims in its habitat at SeaWorld Orlando, August 16, 2012. It was the first-ever captivity birth of the Weedy Sea Dragons in the park's history. The adult sea dragons are now on display at the Manta Aquarium. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
A Weedy seadragon floats at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, on April 26, 2012.The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers.AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
A Weedy seadragon floats at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, on April 26, 2012.The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers.AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
A Picture taken on September 29, 2010 shows a Leafy Seadragon inside the Dubai Mall aquarium. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques), swimming in tank, captive specimen. Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia. (Photo by Auscape/UIG via Getty Images)
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