Rare Blue Dragon Sea Slug Washes Up On Australian Shores

Posted: Nov 23 2015, 10:44pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Rare Blue Dragon Sea Slug Washes Up on Australian Shores
Photo Credit: Sylke Rohrlach

The sea slug has shockingly beautiful blue color and it rarely seen on shores

A rare Blue Dragon sea slug washed ashore Queensland, Australia last week.

The creature is rightly called ‘Blue Dragon’ or ‘Blue Angel’ since it has got a shockingly beautiful blue color and is rarely seen creeping up on land. 

Blue Dragon belongs to the species of small sea slugs known as G. atlanticus that are mostly found in tropical oceans around the world, floating upside on the surface of water and mostly carried along by the wind and current of the ocean.

The blue sea slug is not only rare but highly venomous as well. It feeds on open water creatures including Cnidarian, jellyfish-like marine species and Portuguese man o’ war or floating terror which has poisonous tentacles. Blue Dragon stores the venomous cells of its prey within its own body and uses them later to counter predators. 

Those humans, who will try to capture blue slug, may receive a painful, dangerous sting. The Blue Dragons are generally found off the coasts of Australia, South Africa and Europe. The bright blue side of their body remains upward while the silver/grey side faces downwards and looks like a part of the surface of the sea. The creature can be up to 1.2 inches in length. 

One Blue Dragon was also spotted off the Gold Coast shoreline in Queensland back in May this year.

This time around beachgoer Luncinda Fry captured the beautiful blue sea slug on video and shared it on Facebook and it has gone viral.

Watch the video below.

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