Rare Blue ‘Dragons’ Are Washing Up On The Beach In Texas
If you have never had the opportunity to see a blue Dragon before, don’t feel bad. After all, they are quite rare. But recently, they have been washing up on a shore in Texas. It would be interesting to find one but they are best viewed from a distance.
These aren’t the type of dragons that breathe fire and are fought by knights in shining armor, they are a type of sea slug or nudibranch. Each of the blue dragons measures just a little over a 1 inch but they pack a wallop that is similar to a man-of-war (a type of jellyfish) if they come in contact with you.
The Lane family was taking a vacation at Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) on May 2 when their seven-year-old son found the Dragon. Hunter thought that he found a “new species.” He then found three more, but it turns out that they are relatively common as of late.
Here there be dragons!A blue dragon, a type of nudibranch or sea slug, was found in the park this weekend. Blue…
Hunter’s parents are from Mesa, Arizona and they have been going to the area for the past three decades. In all that time, they’ve never seen one of these creatures. “We spent three years camping out there, usually once a month or more, in college and neither one of us had ever seen one of these little guys,” Hunter’s mum Leah told KSAT.
The father also spoke to CNN, saying: “Hunter loves sea creatures and thought he had found a blue button jellyfish. After they picked it up in a beach toy he proclaimed to me that he had discovered a new species!”
Hunter’s mother said to CNN:
“One washed up right next to my foot at some point, luckily I saw him and didn’t step on it. Hunter really wanted to touch it, I don’t blame him, I did too, as they look very soft and squishy. But we discussed that since we have no clue what they are we better not.
After thinking about it he even said: ‘He might be like the poison dart frog mom, he is kind of brightly colored, which is a warning.’ Smart kid.”
Pictures are shared by the PINS Facebook page with the recommendation that you not “let their size fool you… they have a defense worthy of the name dragon.”
The post explained: “Blue dragons are a predator of the Portuguese man-of-war. After eating, they move the stinging cells from the man-of-war to the end of their fingers. Because they are able to concentrate the stinging cells together, their sting can be more painful than a man-of-war’s!”
Jamie Kennedy is a spokeswoman who also told KSAT that beachgoers in the area are finding them recently. It seems as if there are more of them washing up on the shore, which is why Hunter was able to find four of them, despite the fact that they are “rare.”