Name That Animal

Another tiny animal so I’m posting two photos – one to show size.  The only rule is:  no researching.  Just post a guess in the comments.  Reading the guesses from others before posting your own is optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments later today.

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20 Comments

  1. It’s both cute and scary all at the same time.

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  2. some kind of nudibranch?

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  3. Lori S.

     /  November 8, 2012

    Nudibranch / sea slug. Not sure of the species.

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  4. Selma

     /  November 8, 2012

    Intermediate stage of an axolotl? I just know that’s a wrong guess…

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  5. KateH

     /  November 8, 2012

    It’s a Feather-frilled Dichen. They come in this lovely blue, a smashing pumpkin orange, and a stoplight red, all with the enchanting while highlights. They will soon be on sale at Walgreens, near the register, as the perfect stocking stuffer for children with allergies to dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals their parents just don’t want to take care of. Feather-frilled dichen don’t eat (or eliminate anything) during this, the end stage of their lives, making them a perfect pet. After 3 months, they just quietly fade away to nothingness, their bodies being broken down into minute molecules that nourish the Watery Mullifern in their enclosed container. Reservations being taken now for their arrival in stores soon.

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    • I’ll take one of each color – to glue on to my barrettes for a festive hair accessory.

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      • KateH

         /  November 8, 2012

        Oh, that won’t be possible. The eco-like containers that each Feather-frilled Dichen and Watery Mullifern come in a sealed, using a proprietary process, and cannot be opened. To do so would void the warranty. Oh, and cause the immediate demise of said entities. So, no barrette decorations for you, you inhumane person, you!

      • Wah. If only people would spay & neuter, I could have pretty things for my hair!

      • KateH

         /  November 8, 2012

        You’re too irresponsible to be allowed to have hair!

  6. Joanne Singer

     /  November 8, 2012

    Blue sea slug

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  7. Janipurr

     /  November 8, 2012

    I’ve seen this photo before, and I always thought it was fake.

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  8. WillyBoy

     /  November 8, 2012

    Blue dragon nudibranch

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  9. Krikies! WHERE are you finding these amazing critters????? I vote some form of nudibranch as well.

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  10. elaine

     /  November 8, 2012

    On seeing that my answer, nudibranch, had already been provided by several people, I took the liberty of googling for some images. WOOOOOOWWWW!! I did not realize there are literally hundreds of varieties of this critter, each more stunning than the last. I’ll take some time this evening to sit slack-jawed in front of the teeny screen enjoying the Fotosearch gallery.

    I DO like KateH’s answer best, though. And axolotls are intriguing too!

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  11. ANSWER TIME

    My name is Legion.

    From the Wiki entry for this animal:

    Glaucus atlanticus (common names sea swallow, blue glaucus, blue dragon, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug) is a species of small-sized blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae. This is the only species in the genus Glaucus, but is closely related to Glaucilla marginata, which sometimes is included in Glaucus.

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  12. That was a tough one-I thought it was fake as well!

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  13. No Clue… but it is beautiful

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  14. I found a cool little video with these creatures!

    But maybe we should not touch them. This article says that they are VENOMOUS! YIKES!!!

    http://boingboing.net/2012/09/17/glaucus-atlanticus-for-once.html

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