Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug: Animal Of The Week

Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug: Animal Of The Week

The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug is even cooler than that mini dragon we saw a couple of weeks ago!  We know that Pokemon do not exist, but this little creature is probably the closest we'll ever get to having tiny creatures that look so exotic.  Since I'm sure you've probably already seen tons of pictures of this little guy on Reddit and Pinterest, it's time to learn a little bit about it!

About The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug

The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug is as unusual as its appearance suggests - this thing is honestly pretty weird, but we can forgive it since it is so breathtaking.

These creatures are three centimeters long and predominantly colored with silver and blue tints.  They are found in tropical waters, specifically those off of the coast of Africa and Australia.  (Though they exist predominantly in these locations, they can also be found off of European coasts.)  The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug floats on top of the water by using it's gas filled sac.  (Sounds gross, but floating is pretty cool.)

Surprisingly, these tiny slugs actually feed on large, dangerous, poisonous animals; namely the Portuguese Man O' War.  Yeah, those are the things that you try to avoid at all costs whenever you go snorkeling in the ocean, because their stings hurt like no other.  Here's a quote from Wikipedia that I found... disturbing.

Consumes the entire organism.

The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug consumes the entire organism.  THAT'S INSANE.  This animal also steals the poison from the creature it just preyed upon, and then saves that poison as a self-defense mechanism.  Sounds like a Pokemon move to me, but maybe I'm way off base.

[via SeaSlugForum and Wikipedia]

 

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Tags: animals, awesome, creepy, nature, poisonous, slug, weird

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    You think this critter is cooler than the mini dragon you saw a couple of weeks ago, but what about this dragon: http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/556210_10150793140897731_1172618843_n.jpg

    And what the heck is this dragon called? And where are they found?

  • In reply to Jay Keniston:

    Honestly, I think that it's photoshopped haha

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    In reply to Jay Keniston:

    I am an invertebrate biologist, but this looks like they took a skink, darkened the skin and photoshopped in the ears and wings. I guess we have seen stranger though.

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    Okay, really glad you posted about this little guy, but if you are going to write a story about something. Please get your facts straight. People out there who think its Photoshopped are going to find this page if they bother to look it up and you will be spreading incorrect information. As a journalist, have some integrity. #1 that does not include quoting wikipedia, ever. #2 Portuguese man of war have stingers, not poison. You got it right the first time and then screwed it up. Keep posting cool animals for the world to see. Just please get your facts from something a little more credible than wikipedia.

  • In reply to Ivy McClellan:

    Hi Ivy - actually, I can quote whomever I like, and did indeed check my facts on other more (seemingly) credible websites, though I am a proponent of Wikipedia's credibility. Second, I did not intend to say that the Man O' War was poisonous, I only said that the Glaucus Atlanticus consumes organisms and steals their poison - this was not in direct reference to the Man O' War, though I understand how my flow could be confusing.

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