This slug sometimes demonstrates cannibalism. It can eat much larger creatures than itself. Do you believe in dragons?…Well, you better, because this beautiful creature is for real, and just as dangerous as the fictional dragons in those storybooks you read as a kid, only…smaller and swimming in the ocean. Massive, deep-sea ‘entity’ leaves ocean scientists ‘blown away’. Anyway, our little blue slug can swallow the Man-of-War after stinging it. Beach Baby is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising & linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to,,,,, or Select from premium Blue Dragon Fish of the highest quality. {{familyColorButtonText(}}, View {{carousel.total_number_of_results}} results. The IBM strategic repository for digital assets such as images and videos is located at A blue dragon sea slug is shown at Padre Island National Seashore on May 2, 2020. READ MORE: Researchers don’t know exactly how widespread the blue dragons are, but they are known to wash ashore in “blue fleets” from time to time. Your team's Premium Access agreement is expiring soon. The blue dragons are typically found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. READ MORE: ‘Murder hornet’: Asian invader is death on wings for bees in Canada, U.S. That means it can surprise a curious human with a powerfully jellyfish-like sting if it’s disturbed. It’s unclear why they’re washing up in Texas right now. Blue dragons float with their brightly-coloured bellies facing upward so they blend in with the water, according to Oceana, a conservation non-profit dedicated to ocean research. Divers and swimmers give it great respect and stay clear. It injects a powerful venom from their wing-like appendages. The blue dragon, a hermaphrodite 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. Secret Jewish wedding in New York drew thousands of unmasked guests, Trudeau pranked into talking Trump, ‘South Park’ with fake Greta Thunberg, Deputies bust 80-person sex party at New York swingers club, Meghan Markle reveals she had a miscarriage in the summer, A 2020 space oddity? Alberta enacts 2nd COVID-19 state of public health emergency. It’s about 1 inch in size (3 cm long). OUCH! This repository is populated with tens of thousands of assets and should be your first stop for asset selection. Trey Lane says he’s been visiting the park for 30 years and he’s never seen a blue dragon there before. Click here to request Getty Images Premium Access through IBM Creative Design Services. Birds and people looking down at the blue waters, just might not see this little slug coming. The blue dragon basically kills man-o-wars and steals their stinging toxins, then re-purposes those toxins into a defensive weapon. “After they picked it up in a beach toy he proclaimed to me that he had discovered a new species!”. About the author: She added that Hunter “really wanted to touch it” because it looked soft and squishy. Hunter’s mother, Leah Lane, says they found four more blue dragons after the initial discovery. Collect, curate and comment on your files. Several people have posted photos of the sea slugs, which are also known as blue angels, since they started washing up in Texas. No, the Blue Glaucus slug can swim in any direction, especially if it is hungry. The Blue Sea Slug belongs to a group of Sea Slugs known as nudibranchs, which are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks. The 3 cm long creatures prey on the Portuguese man-o-war, a jellyfish-like organism with painful stingers. Being Turkish, she has a tendency to tan easily, which she considers a blessing. This creature has twice the opportunity to reproduce. © 2020 Getty Images. This little ocean slug is very dangerous to other ocean creatures and humans as well. Thousands of ‘penis fish’ exposed by major storm on California beach. It is camouflaged from above and below. Boards are the best place to save images and video clips. The Lanes presented the creature to park staff, who told them that they were very lucky they hadn’t touched the creature directly. As the Blue Dragon is eating the Man-of-War, it steals the poison the jellyfish carries, and stores it in its own cells called nematocysts. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday.