Beware Of Rare Venomous Blue Dragons On Texas Beaches This Summer
We all know Texas beaches are places we love to visit in the summertime to have fun and cool off. Personally, I have visited South Padre a few times, and it's always great. While we can keep doing that, you should be aware and warn your kids about venomous sea slugs, AKA blue dragons, that may have washed ashore.
What's Going On?
According to the Houston Chronicle, there have been rare venomous sea slugs or blue dragons that have washed ashore, and visitors to Texas beaches should be aware.
North Padre Island and Corpus Christi officials say they've found four venomous sea slugs, which they say are very small and dangerous.
They also found storm snails and blue buttons that are not harmful and safe to pick up.
Imagine being on the beach and this very pretty bug walks up to you. You'd want to take a picture, right?
How Do The Blue Dragons Look?
As their name would indicate, these sea creatures have a blue color to them accented by white streaks. They almost look like small fish, measuring between 1 and 2 inches in length, but they pack a very powerful sting.
Jace Tunnell, a marine biologist, tells the Houston Chronicle that a sting from it will hurt and will be painful for about 20 minutes, but if you have allergies he suggests you get medical attention immediately.
Looks like something you'd want to keep in your aquarium.
What Harm Does A Sting From The Blue Dragon Cause?
Reportedly, the blue dragons feed on "Man-o- wars", a venomous jellyfish. They suck the venom from the jellyfish and release it when they feel threatened.
Have fun on our beautiful Texas beaches, but stay cautious of these beautiful venomous creatures.