Looking like offspring of some alien creatures, these bizarre creatures are 100% Earth-bred. They’re actually not all that different from your average garden snail, just a lot more colorful… and often extremely poisonous.
Blue dragons are part of the nudibranch family, a group of soft-body mollusks more commonly known as sea slugs.
they are all quite beautiful, with a wide range of colors and specialized appendages, the blue dragon is one of the most visually stunning and fascinating by far. When fully extended, it looks like an alien dragon flying through the water on their colorful tendrils, known as cerata.
A dramatically beautiful, blue, nudibranch sea slug that can be found floating along in the world’s oceans. They are actually upside down, the blue foot facing up and the silvery back facing down. This colouring helps with camouflage from above and below
It is known for its stinging nematocysts – a defense mechanism that makes it dangerous to not only other aquatic life, but humans as well.
The blue dragon, a hermaphrodite possessing both male and female reproductive organs; after mating, both partners produce egg strings
They are natives of the world’s temperate and tropical ocean waters (including those off the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and most of Europe) that can grow to about one and half inches in length, is actually carnivorous, and feeds on other pelagic creatures using its powerful sting to paralyze its prey.
Blue dragons are known to go after much larger creatures, including the notoriously lethal Portuguese Man o’ War. Not only is the blue dragon immune to its sting, it’s able to process the Man o’ War’s nematocysts, the cells that allow for that creature’s deadly sting, and store them in its own extremities.
Those venomous cells can be used by the blue dragon later on, and in a higher concentration, making their sting even more deadly. That’s the oceanic equivalent of stealing your enemy’s ammunition and using it as your own.
natives of the world’s temperate and tropical ocean waters (including those off the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and most of Europe)
So if you see one of these little guys floating in the water, DO NOT pick them up. Simply admire them from afar and wonder how nature came up with such an amazingly deadly combination.
Source: Factzoo, BoredomTherapy