Glaucus atlanticus - Blue Dragon mDSCN4127b

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    Blue Dragon / Sea Lizard - NSW, AUSTRALIA.

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    We have a little cabin on a cliff by the sea. We listened to the storm all night as the waves crashed on the rocks below us. The next morning many ocean drifters had been washed onto the sand and into rock pools.

    I spent the morning photographing these amazing animals.

    The animal above can eat the stinging cells of other sea creatures and secrete them into special sac at the tip of their cerata. People who picked them up were stung severely. (See below)

    This was a morning I will always remember.

    I have not seen the creatures again.

    “ A day in such serene enjoyment spent,
    Is worth an age of splendid discontent.”
    Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin), Tartuffe (act IV, sc. 5)

    This nudibranchs feeds almost exclusively on Physalia, it appears that they are able to select the most venomous of Physalia's stinging nematocysts for their own use. Like most aeolids, they store the nematocysts in special sacs (cnidosacs) at the tip of their cerata .

    Glaucus atlanticus is a species of medium-sized, floating, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae

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    1. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 66 months ago | reply

      wowwwwwwww... fantastic!!!

    2. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Visto dai miei occhi / Seen by my eyes / Visto por mis ojos , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 66 months ago | reply

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    5. Ian's Art.... 65 months ago | reply

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    6. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 65 months ago | reply

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    7. karicobo 62 months ago | reply

      Incredible! What a shape and color it has!

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      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MuSeuM MHN, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    9. - the teej - 59 months ago | reply

      incredible color contrast!

    10. _deanna_ 59 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture!

    11. i n i m i n i 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nature Nerds, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. MyRidgebacks - Sharon C Johnson 56 months ago | reply

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    13. 小川 Ogawasan 56 months ago | reply

      This amazing shot is awarded as outstanding

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    14. AlaskaFreezeFrame 56 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Capture! Very alien looking. I was lucky enough to photograph several at Darlington Beach, NSW in 1991.

    15. Henry Sudarman 56 months ago | reply

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    16. GEO M I 52 months ago | reply

      what an amazing creature and a perfect shot of it - can't believe that this thing exists!

    17. Nineblackcats 47 months ago | reply

      I'm so glad I found your beautiful image! Was walking on the beach in Newcastle a few days ago and found some of these guys washed up on the beach. I'd never seen anything like them, and didn't think I'd ever find out what they were. Fantastic animals - just like sea dragons.

    18. sillysyd 14 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture! I have decided to draw it in my marine life themed 2014 Sketchbook Project. You can view it here:

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