Monday, June 10, 2013

The Blue Dragon sea slug and the Pikachu sea slug (or the glaucus atlanticus and thecacera pacifica) are both ocean dwelling creatures with very Pokemon-like features. The Pikachu slug can be found hanging out on the ocean floor eating bryoza. Whereas the beautiful Blue Dragon can be found off the coast of South Africa, Australia and Mozambique, floating on the surface tension of the water and is an aggressive predator that feeds on organisms much larger than itself, including the venomous Portuguese man o’ war. Not only that, the glaucus atlanticus actually absorbs the man o’ wars venom and stores it in the tips of the finger-like appendages on either side of its body to use when preying on other fish. And since the venom is concentrated, it can actually be more lethal than the man o’ war it took it from.
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