Came across this odd critter at Broadbeach today. It's a Glaucus Atlanticus.
Posted by Lucinda Fry on Thursday, November 12, 2015
A rare 'Blue Dragon' sea slug has gone viral after washing up on the shores of Queensland, Australia last week. Facebook user, Lucinda Fry, captured her experience of finding the creature above.
The bright blue creature, which goes by the scientific name Glaucus Atlanticus, can mainly be found in tropical waters around the world floating upside down on the surface of the water.
The sea creature is known to feed off blue bottle jellyfish and swallow the venomous cells of its prey in their own tissue to later use against predators.
The shell-less mollusks can generally be found off the coasts of Australia, South Africa, and European waters and usually reaches lengths of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch) when fully grown.
One was also spotted in May this year after it washed up in Gold Coast, Queensland.
This article was originally published by Business Insider.
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