Meet the Glaucus atlanticus or Blue dragon in it’s more commonly name. It is one of the most interesting looking animals in the world, we are sure you will agree. Some of you will certainly be charmed by his color and size, and some of you will go wow! impressed with its mythical or alien looks. It’s the matter of perception, but one thing is for sure: in these photos is a creature that is rarely seen.
Besides his unusual looks the blue dragon sea slug has an unusual way of living, too. It spends his life floating upside down attached to the surface. Because of its color it blends in with his environment easily and it is rarely spotted by humans. And now some less charming facts: they predate on venomous cnidarians and they store the stings cells collected from these cnidarians within their own tissues, and use them as a defence on anything that bothers them. If you ever get lucky to see one and get carried away with his looks, just remember that handling a blue dragon can result with painful and possibly dangerous sting.
This particular petit spaceman on the photos in the gallery below has been spotted and filmed at the shore in Queensland, Australia.