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'Blue dragon' sea slug washes up in Australia

November 22, 2015 | Comment icon 13 comments



The slug has a rather unique appearance. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Sylke Rohrlach
An extremely rare and unusual type of sea creature has been found washed up on a beach in Queensland.
With its vibrant sapphire coloring and unusual wing-like appendages, Glaucus atlanticus is quite unlike anything else that you are likely to see at the seaside.

The rare species, which typically spends its existence floating upside-down on the water's surface, lives in warm, tropical regions and feeds on venomous animals such as the Portuguese man o' war.
Measuring up to 3cm in length the slug also possesses a powerful poison of its own, but while it is unlikely to do much harm to humans, picking one up with your bare hands is generally ill-advised.

Due to their rarity, finding one washed up along the shoreline is a unique and interesting event. The most recent specimen (see below) was found by Lucinda Fry on a beach in northeastern Australia.



Source: HNGN | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Come to think of it, it is only quite recently that the hi tech cameras that captures these amazing photos were widely available ~ buckle up the seats because i think there are plenty more amazing photos of such creatures coming soon ~ So far I am seeing a lot of new species being found and seen in the Amazon all the way round the globe to Vietnam, the Rain forests there being pristine as a result of the military conflicts ... and only very recently has there been researchers actively researching the area ~ ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Come to think of it, it is only quite recently that the hi tech cameras that captures these amazing photos were widely available ~ buckle up the seats because i think there are plenty more amazing photos of such creatures coming soon ~ So far I am seeing a lot of new species being found and seen in the Amazon all the way round the globe to Vietnam, the Rain forests there being pristine as a result of the military conflicts ... and only very recently has there been researchers actively researching the area ~ ~ I was a big fan of Jacques Cousteau, he gave us some amazing photographs and film.
Comment icon #6 Posted by FLOMBIE 6 years ago
I was a big fan of Jacques Cousteau, he gave us some amazing photographs and film. I just loved his shows when I was little.
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
I was a big fan of Jacques Cousteau, he gave us some amazing photographs and film. The Cousteau Legacy still continues ~ vive Jacques ... KOTA KINABALU: Sipadan is still the same as it was in 1988, when world famous French underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau made his remark, “I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” Making this claim recently was none other than the late explorer’s own granddaughter, Alexandra Cousteau, who is now attached with the National Geographic as an explorer. “We watched his f... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons 6 years ago
Wow that's stunning.
Comment icon #9 Posted by jarjarbinks 6 years ago
I had this in world of warcraft as a mount since march 2010.
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 years ago
i hope she did putt it back in the water
Comment icon #11 Posted by Astra. 6 years ago
What a gorgeous colour...
Comment icon #12 Posted by back to earth 6 years ago
Not again ! Everytime this happens it is supposed to be unusual ! I first saw them in the 60s at a beach 1000 km south of Queensland.
Comment icon #13 Posted by back to earth 6 years ago
wanna see something cool ? his relatives ; https://www.google.com.au/search?q=nudibranchs&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj62cDMvLLJAhWk5aYKHaOfAGIQ_AUIBigB


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