By: Mary Beth McAndrews
Came across this odd critter at Broadbeach today. It's a Glaucus Atlanticus.Posted by Lucinda Fry on Thursday, November 12, 2015
It's not a mythical creature, though it is named after one. This is the sea creature named Glaucus atlanticus, or blue dragon as it is more commonly known! It is a species of sea slug, more specifically a nudibranch, and can be found in tropical waters all around the world. This little one was recently found on the beach in Queensland, Australia. They are known to wash up on beaches even though they are more commonly found in open water.
But the blue dragon's looks aren't the only thing worth discussing. This little creature is able to eat poisonous jellyfish like Portuguese Man o' War because they are immune to its venom. After that, the blue dragon is able to store that venom in their finger-like extremities. So while they are beautiful, and pretty cute, don't touch them unless you want a pretty bad sting!
Learn more about another weird sea creature here!