When one thinks of a slug, usually images of slimy, worm-like creatures take shape. They’re often thought to be unappealing to look at, and some may go so far as to say that they’re creepy. Others may eat them.
But a new “slug” has been discovered off the coast of Queensland, Australia. And it’s called the “Blue Dragon.” This beautiful slug-like sea creature was found washed ashore, which led to a very rare glimpse of something so beautiful. A beautiful slug? It’s true.
But don’t let this beautiful, blue sea creature fool you, though. It is very lethal to other marine life, thanks to a powerful and deadly venom that is released from its feathery appendages. The “Blue Dragon” or “Glaucus Altanticus” spends its days upside down in warm ocean currents, but survives by attacking its prey.
Came across this odd critter at Broadbeach today. It’s a Glaucus Atlanticus.
Posted by Lucinda Fry on Thursday, November 12, 2015
It’s an unusual little dragon, because even though it gets no longer than 1.2 inches, it favours attacking other venomous sea life, like the Portuguese Man of War. As you can see, that Man of War is scary, and we would not want to go face to face with one of those. But this wee brute, with its Avatar-like composition, laughs in the face of such monstrous danger.
While in the water, the Blue Dragon looks majestic and agile, out of water and on land, it looks more like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. And as you can see, it is so small. So to think of it as this beastly, venomous death slug is hard to imagine. But it’s true. Beautiful and strong. It’s quite the role model.