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25 Awesome Blue Animals

In our colorful World we can see animals of any color. I picked the blue to make a list of animal pictures for no special reason or perhaps because I love the sea and the blue sky.

When I was choosing the pictures I was astonished by the beauty of animals, most of them that I had never seen. They are from all around the world and there are several reasons for this awesome blue body color. Blue animals are beautiful and cute!

Pictures are from Wikimedia Commons

Some curiosities:

  • Animals can display the blue color all year around or only for some periods as the mating season or camouflage.
  • Bluebirds are not exactly blue, this striking color, results from light reflexion. It's also this kind of reflexion that makes us see blue butterflies and iridescent ladybugs.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue twice as much as to any other colour.
  • Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue! All other birds can’t see this color.
  • Fish have striking colors as blues, reds and yellows because of the way they see their world around. Different colors, patterns and shapes are used to recognize others and, sometimes, scare them away.
  • The Lingcod isn't the only fish with blue-green meat. Other greenlings, like the rock greenling and the kelp greenling, are sometimes tinted turquoise, as is an unrelated sculpin called the cabezon.
  • Some animals, like lizards and giraffes, have blue tongues.

Facts about these animals

Blue Sea Stars, as other sea stars can regenerate their arms if damaged or lost, growing back into a full sea star 

Crowned-pigeons are the largest pigeons in the world

The metallic blue Ulysses butterfly is not only colorful itself, but it is also attracted to blue objects. They can see something blue 30m away. 

The Maltese tiger, or blue tiger, is a reported, but not proved, coloration morph of a tiger, in the Fujian Province of China

Dendrobates azureus is a type of poison dart frog with a very conspicuous colouration that serves as a warning to predators of its poisonous properties. 

Pseudotrapelus sinaitus is active during daytime and feeds on insects and other arthropods and plants. During the breeding season, males become a striking blue colour in order to attract females. 

Blue mussels play an important role in Rhode Island estuaries as filter feeders, removing bacteria, heavy metals, and toxins from the water column.

In the movie "Finding Dory", Dory is a cartoon depiction of a Paracanthurus hepatus, a type of surgeonfish.

Blue lobsters are an extremely rare variant of lobster.  Only one in 2 million lobsters is blue. The color is a result of a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein.

The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant - their hearts, as much as a car.

Dwarf Gourami is one of the types of fish that is capable of shooting water droplets at insects above the water and knocking them into the water.

Humphead wrasse or napoleonfish are extremely long-lived, known to survive for at least 30 years, and taking around five to seven years to reach sexual maturity

Sea snails feed on sponges.

This blue ladybird is an important predator of pests in citrus plantations in Australia, and was introduced into New Zealand as a biological control for citrus insects pests

The blue-ringed octopus is the only octopus that is poisonous to humans. 

A very long time ago these blue cats were bred as hunting cats.

Macaws are able to reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.

Peacock’s feathers are so brilliant because of microscopic “crystal-like structures” that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. 

The Cobalt Blue Zebra female will carry the eggs in her mouth for about 1 month before she release the free swimming fry. 

The blue dacnis’s call is a thin tsip.

Naiads feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp. They will also eat small fish and tadpoles.

Many honeycreepers feed on nectar, and some are called sugarbirds.

Western bluebirds, notably the females, are also known as helpers because they raise the young of other birds. 

Ribbon eels are known to stay in the same hole for months or even years.

All blue gropers begin life as females. In 1998, the eastern blue groper was made the state fish emblem of New South Wales.

Changing color

Blue and Animals Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the only bird that can see the colour blue?
    • Ostritch
    • Owl
    • Eagle
  2. What is the gestation period of the Blue Whale?
    • 11 or 12 months
    • 5 or 6 months
    • 3 months
  3. The black spots of the Blue poison dart frog are unique to each frog, enabling individuals to be identified.
    • True
    • False
  4. What kind of animal do the British Blues belong to?
    • Parrots
    • Cats
    • Fish

Answer Key

  1. Owl
  2. 11 or 12 months
  3. True
  4. Cats

Comments

tedeef on June 01, 2017:

they so beautiful animals.. love love it :-)

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Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on December 03, 2016:

Great! I look forward to seeing the revised edition!

Margarida Borges (author) from Lyon, France on December 03, 2016:

Thanks for visiting my article!

I'm going to edit the article.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on December 02, 2016:

I really enjoyed your photos of blue animals! Beautiful!

However some of the captions were cut off so I was not able to finish reading them. I hope you can edit them so we can know more about these beauties!

Thanks.

doe88 on January 24, 2016:

I think the Ribbon eel should be called the Ribbing eel cuz it looks knitted!

hihihihihihi on June 29, 2014:

thx so much

dffzfbfbfbfbdgf on June 14, 2014:

you forgot the Lygodactylus Williamsi

Takeshi Ideyama from Montreal, Quebec on May 31, 2014:

Why are you ignoring the Bluejay!!!!!!!!

Lollollol on May 20, 2014:

Thx! Helped a lot with a story I'm writing! Ur the best!

Awesomer than u girl! on January 21, 2014:

The blue tiger is real! I've been to China! I saw one when I was there

animallover on January 15, 2014:

The Maltese Tiger is soooo gorgeous... :3

Ayaz on June 24, 2013:

Really cool collection :) here are some more blue animals and really beautiful ones : http://www.designzzz.com/blue-animals/

Lolz on September 16, 2012:

LOve the animals. So delicate:]

the big potato on May 04, 2012:

this is very great,it will help me out on the poem that I have to write for school... Thanks

Wobbles on March 09, 2012:

http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Big_Tiger_Cub.jp...

The Maltese tiger is photoshopped

Zoe on January 30, 2012:

Awesome

Nicole Bickel on October 18, 2011:

i think this is really cool !!

Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on May 22, 2010:

I so love Western Blue Birds! They migrate in, just as the snow is melting, adding the most beautiful bit of color to the landscape, reminding me that winter will not last forever.

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