- Creatures known as blue dragons were spotted in Texas.
- Experts warned that the blue dragons are poisonous.
- The unusual appearance of these animals attracts attention, but don’t touch them!
Venomous sea slugs known as blue dragons have been washing up on the beaches of the Texas coast over the last week. They look fascinating but experts warn that people should not touch them, as they are poisonous and their sting can cause severe pain.
Sea slugs are only 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) long but their sting can be very painful. “If you get stung by one of these, we say take it easy,” Jace Tunnel, of the University of Texas Institute of Marine Sciences, told Fox 26 in Houston.
Blue dragons wash up on Texas beaches
“The sting is very similar to that of the ‘Portuguese man o’ war’ (Portuguese caravel). They feed on man o’ war. It gets their neurotoxin and holds it in there. If you have an allergic reaction, or if the pain is too much to bear, we recommend going to the hospital, “added the expert to Fox 26.
The Fox report noted that these unusual-looking creatures can be identified by their wing-like fins and strange blue markings. These poisonous sea slugs have recently been observed on the beaches of North Padre and Mustang Islands.
Expert warn of poisonous blue dragons
“Right now Mustang Island and North Padre Island is where we’re getting reports over the last week,” said Jace Tunnell. “The way the ocean currents work, and the way winds blow things on shore, it’s possible for them to show up in Galveston.”
According to the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, as of Friday afternoon they had not received any reports of blue dragons washing up on shore. And several people on the beach hadn’t even heard of this unusual sea creature, Fox 26 said.
How did the unusual creatures get into US waters?
“I wouldn’t know what to think (if I found one),” Beto Hinojosa said. “I wouldn’t think it’s dangerous.” According to Fox 26, experts consider it unusual to see blue dragons on beaches in the United States, since these creatures prefer to navigate in deeper waters.
However, Jace Tunnell noted that recent weather and strong winds off the coast have likely caused the sea slugs to reach the coast. “If conditions are right, they can be washed ashore. These are the perfect conditions and time for these things to reach the beaches.”
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