Within the long tradition of mythology and folklore, many fanciful and strange creatures have been invented majorly by imagination. However, only a few real-life beings have gotten their names to the shores of reality after one of those from fiction.
One of them is a sea slug known as the blue dragon. This creature is probably among one of the world’s most beautiful animals. When fully grown (about an inch long), the blue dragon may appear to be very small than the way its namesake counterparts in the dragon family are imagined. However, their inbred character is not missing in any way as this species is known to be less fearsome.
Blue dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) is known to live in warm water habitat. While in the warm ocean currents, it spends most of their life floating with the waves in an upside down position. Research has shown that this is the best position for it through which it can successfully launch an attack on its prey with the use of its powerful venom that is located in its wing-like appendages. This tiny creature has got one of the deadliest stings that any marine animal can ever have. In fact, with its deadly weapon, it is believed to take down other venomous water animals. One of which is the deadly siphonophore, Portuguese man-o-war.
This funny-looking tiny animal is majorly found in the Pacific, Atlantic or Indian Ocean. From the look of things on the surface, you would think it is just a beautiful harmless creature relaxing on the water, you would hardly believe that this small innocent looking creature can be very precarious. As a result of its ability to swallow air bubble and store it inside its belly, the adventurous sea dragon can flow with the current to wherever the wind takes it not fearing whatever it might face.
Sometimes referred to as blue ocean slug, blue glaucus or the blue sea slug, this tiny creature can pretend to make anyone believe in its fake innocence. It has got the ability to countershade i.e. camouflage so as to protect itself from both flying and swimming predators while it enjoys its floating ride.
The mystery behind its upside down floating act is done to adapt with the color of the sea as seen from different perspectives. Since it has got a blue underside and a gray color back, this cunny creature will always want to float in a reversed manner so that the color of its blue underside will blend with the top of the water will its grayish back color will blend with the bottom color of the water.
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