Blue sea slug, 18th century

Blue sea slug, 18th century

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Caption: Blue sea slug (Glaucus atlanticus), 18th-century artwork. This sea slug is free-swimming (pelagic), floating below the water's surface. It occurs throughout the world's oceans, in temperate and tropical waters. This watercolour was painted by British artist Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-1771) on Captain James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific (1768-1771) in HMS Endeavour. This artwork is part of the collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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