Blue Dragon - Glaucus atlanticus

This bizarre and rare little creature the Blue Dragon, spotted on the shores of Australia.

The Blue Dragon or Glaucus atlanticus, is one of the weirdest and most peculiar little animals in the world, and that one was caught on camera just last week after washing ashore on a beach in Queensland.

Blue Dragon - Glaucus atlanticus (3)

Glaucus atlanticus (common names include the sea swallow, blue angel, blue glaucus, blue dragon, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug) is a species of small, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae.

These sea slugs are pelagic: they float upside down on the surface tension of the water, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents. Glaucus atlanticus is camouflaged: the blue side of their body faces upwards, blending in with the blue of the water. The silver/grey side of the sea slugs faces downwards, blending in with the silvery surface of the sea.

Blue Dragon - Glaucus atlanticus (2)

Blue Dragon - Glaucus atlanticus (1)


via My Modern Met