Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Florida beaches now feature tiny venomous sea slugs

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:51 PM

  • Screen grab via Twitter / @Oceana
Just when we thought we’d seen it all, blue dragon sea slugs wash ashore in Boca Raton.

That was the case for one couple as they strolled down the shore of Red Reef Park, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel. They expected to find seashells, as lovers sometimes do, but instead they stumbled across a few small creatures born of the wide-open sea – blue dragon sea slugs, a little fucker of a species that uses its venom to kill larger animals, such as the Portuguese man-of-war and the similar by-the-wind-sailor, before either eating them or using their prey’s bodies as a weapon of defense.

Similar to President Donald Trump’s hands: they’re small but destructive.

“As they devour the tentacles, they can ingest the stinging capsules without triggering them and store them in these finger-like projections for their own protection,” Charles Messing, professor of Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, told the Sentinel.

They look pretty cool too.

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