A blue dragon, a rare sea slug with a painful sting, washed up on a Texas beach recently.
The small, about 1-inch, creature is small but severe. It’s a predator of the Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish, Padre Island National Seashore officials said on social media.
“If you see a dragon in the park, be amazed as they are a rare find, but also keep your distance,” park officials said.
After a blue dragon consumes a man-of-war jellyfish, the stinging cells from the man-of-war move to the end of the dragon’s “fingers.” The concentration of stinging cells can be much more painful than a man-of-war’s, park officials said.
Although fearsome, they are not common.
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