Blue dragons run aground on the national coast of Padre Island

Blue dragons run aground on the national coast of Padre Island

Visitors to the Padre Island National Seashore in Texas discover blue dragons on their travels, and even though it may not be the flying, fire-breathing creatures their name suggests, it is still “a rare find” , the park says.

Hunter Lane, a 7-year-old child from Mesa, Arizona, found four dragons in a few minutes on May 2 while on vacation with his parents. Her father, Trey Lane, told CNN that he has been on vacation by the sea for 30 years and has never seen one.

“Hunter loves sea creatures and thought he had found a blue button jellyfish,” said Trey. “After picking it up from a beach toy, he proclaimed to me that he had discovered a new species!”

Blue dragons, or glaucus atlanticus, are tiny sea slugs – usually only 3 cm wide, or just over an inch. They can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, depending on the Oceana nonprofit conservation.

But even if the creatures are not as big as the dragons, they have an average punch. Blue dragons eat Portuguese human wars, which resemble large jellyfish, and store prickly cells from their prey to use for the future, according to Oceana. So when humans touch these little slugs, it can release the pungent cells and create a bite that can do more harm than humans.

“So, if you see a dragon in the park, be surprised because it is a rare find, but also keep your distance!” warns the national coastline.

Recently, many seaside visitors have seen the dragons, Jamie Kennedy, a park spokesperson, told CNN. She said the surge could be the result of a group failing on the shore. However, during her two years working on the National Sea, Kennedy said she had never heard of anyone seeing them so far.


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