It would seem that something from a sci-fi film jumped straight into reality. However, the neon blue creature that resembles a creatively coloured “dragon” is quite undeniable real - and as of late appeared on an Australian shoreline.
The blobby looking sea dragon was first sighted on the foreshore at Broadbent shoreline by a nearby resident who managed to capture a video of it wriggling in the sand. Ordinarily - and suitably - known as a Blue Dragon, the uncommon ocean creature eats blue bottle jellyfish and has strange resemblance of a sort of oceanic alien
This specific Blue Dragon was recorded writhing on the sand and moving what gives off an impression of being its head at Broadbeach, Queensland, by Lucinda Fry, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
These brilliant blue slugs, or Nudibranch, can pack quite a sting as per Griffith University marine invertebrates creatures master Kylie Pit.
“I have handled them before and wasn’t stung, but I would not recommend anyone pick them up because they can have a painful sting,” Professor Pitt said.
She said the Nudibranch – a soft-bodied marine creature that sheds its shell after larval stage – eats the marine stingers blown on to Gold Coast beaches by easterly winds at this time of year.
“They are really weird,” she said. “The Glaucus eat blue bottles – they float upside down and move around using the water’s surface tension.”
The Rivers Institute researcher said the “blue dragons” are not worried by eating the stingers of the blue bottles.
“Instead of digesting the sting cells, they store them on the outside of their body,” she said.
Scientifically named, “Glaucus Atlanticus” can be found along the east coast of Australia and it has been advised that they should not be touched as they can deliver a very nasty sting.