Weirdest Animals On Earth Part 1: Blue Dragons

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Hello everyone !! today I am gonna tell you about one of the weirdest animals on earth. I broke the article into few parts and subtopics. This is the first one about the BLUE ANGEL, also known as the BLUE DRAGON…

Blue Dragon, Glaucus Atlanticus, Blue Sea Slug
  • Blue dragons, or Glaucus atlanticus, are nudibranchs (sea slugs) that belong to the nudibranch family.
  • Blue sea slugs, blue angels, and sea swallows are other names for them.
  • Within the Glaucus genus, there are a few blue dragon species that are similar.
  • These organisms float freely in temperate and tropical ocean currents all over the world, particularly in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
  • The number of blue dragons is unclear because they are small and difficult to count.

Blue dragons are only approximately 1.2 inches long, but they consume prey that is many times their size. Along the creature’s chitinous jaw, they use radular teeth that resemble a knife’s serrated edge. Chitin is the same tough substance that makes up the outside of your body.

Fast Facts

  • Common Name: Blue dragon or blue glaucus
  • Scientific NameGlaucus atlanticus
  • Average Lifespan in the Wild: One month to one year
  • IUCN Red List Status: Not assessed
  • Current Population: Unknown

1.) Colorful Camouflage for Blue Dragons

Blue dragon eating porpita bermuda against blue background

Against a blue background, a blue dragon is eating porpita bermuda.
The blue tint of this animal isn’t just for show. As it floats on the ocean’s surface, the sea slug takes advantage of its color. Its cyanic side faces upward to blend in with the sea’s blue tint, while the silver side faces downward to blend in with the dazzling surface of the water.

2). They  pack a sting

Blue Dragon washed up on the beach
On the beach, a Blue Dragon washed up.

The blue dragon possesses a formidable defense system in addition to its camouflage skills. It will merely deliver a nasty sting if the coloring fails.
However, the slug isn’t venomous on its own. It keeps the stinging nematocysts produced by the organisms it eats, such as deadly siphonophores and Portuguese man o’ wars. When the blue dragon is touched, these stinging cells are stored and concentrated, allowing it to deliver an even more deadly punch than the man o’ war hydrozoan.

3). They Shape Bunches Called Blue Fleets

Overhead view of several blue dragons swimming in beige water

Above we see of a few blue winged serpents swimming in beige water

Groups of blue mythical beasts drift among the blue-tinted siphonophores they eat, making arrangements known as “blue armadas.” This behavior makes sense for nourishing and mating, but it does make conditions favorable for maritime winds to blow them around by expanding their uncovered surface area. Blue mythical serpents twist into balls to protect themselves when they’re caught in waves and are being pushed toward the shoreline. And on the off chance that they do end up stranded on the sand, their poison remains active—even after they pass on. This implies that people who pickup or step on the animals may be hurt.

They Do Not Make Great Pets

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Ok… then so today you learned about the blue dragon. Next up I’ll be sending an article about  the glass-like transparent GLASS FROG!!

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