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Glaucus atlanticus - Blue Sea Dragon. by Paul Stewart
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Glaucus Atlanticus
Sea drifter
Toowoon Bay NSW Australia

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.

They can eat the stinging cells of other sea creatures and secrete them onto their skin. People who picked them up were stung severely.

This was a morning I will always remember.

I have not seen the creatures again.

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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ocean, sea, blue, australia, marine, animal, slug, nudibranch, pelagic, mollusk, gastropod, glaucus, new south wales, blue dragon, glaucus atlanticus, taxonomy binomial glaucus atlanticus, blue glaucus, blue sea slug, sea lizard, pelagic aeolid, aeolid nudibranch, sea drifter, opisthobranch, glaucidae, atlanticus

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