Tritonia khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen nudibranch (2)

Photo: Felipe de Vasconcelos Silva

Winter… is still coming. Serious question: when will Winter actually BE HERE?!

Pretty sure no one knows. But, I do know when you will be able to meet a sea creature named after the hardcore awesome Daenerys Targaryen… and that’s today! This nudibranch was literally named after the Khaleesi herself – Tritonia khaleesi.

As described in a 2013 paper by Felipe de Vasconcelos Silva, Victor Manuel De Azevedoa and Helena Matthews-Cascona for The Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, the new sea slug in the family Tritoniidae was discovered off the northeastern coast of Brazil. It was named Tritonia khaleesi after researchers wisely saw a resemblance between the pale plumes of the slug and the blond, braided hairstyle of Daenerys.

de Vasconcelos Silva said that the slug was particularly reminiscent of the Khaleesi’s hair “in the last episode of the first season of the show.”

So, does that mean Daenerys Targaryen is really the Mother of Sea Slugs… instead of Dragons? Something tells me that those dragons would make sushi out of those sea slugs in about 10 seconds (or less).

Are you excited for the new season of Game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments!