An wonderful, Rare Sea Creature - Blue Dragon - Seen on Australia's Gold Coast
Nov 23 2015
Glaucus Atlanticus, also known as the sea swallow or blue angel, is a rare little creature that occasionally washed up on to Australian shores, which is how Lucinda Fry found it in Broadbeach, Queensland.
The shell-less mollusks can generally be found off the coasts of Australia, South Africa and European waters and usually reaches lengths of just over 2.5 cm (one inch) when fully grown. Aspiring Khaleesis, however, should beware that trying to pick them up could result in a painful sting.
Blue Dragon has made itself immune to the stings of man o'war by integrating the most venomous cells of man o'war into its own tissues. Because the toxins are absorbed in the cerata, the centimeter-long slugs have a more powerful sting than their larger prey, which can have tentacles that stretch an average of 30 feet, and a sting with the power to paralyze.
It looks like a mystical creature. These slugs are known to biologists as Glaucus atlanticus, and they're not frequently seen because they spend their lives floating through currents far out at sea.
Although Blue Dragon in blue in color, its underbelly is silver, which helps it camouflage itself by floating upside down and also cling to the surface of ocean.