During the Covid-19 lockdown, experts have noticed an increased number of the Blue Dragon washing up on Texas beaches, a huge increase in numbers compared to the last 50 years.
The Padre Island National Seashore park published one of the discoveries on their Facebook page, stating that one was found in the park on the weekend of May 3-4, 2020.
Four specimens were found within a few minutes and marine biologists came give no obvious reason why there has been a spike in discoveries of the creature.
Initially discovered in 1777, the Blue Dragon boasts bright neon blue coloring, making them rather easy to spot on a bed of golden sand.
The species is unique to most other creatures on earth as they are neither male, nor female. Both individuals in a pair produce fertilized eggs during mating, but the most extraordinary thing about them is their defense mechanism.
The Blue Dragon is able to absorb the stinging cells of other creatures and combine it with their own venom, providing them with the worst sting in the entire ocean. This can cause severe nausea, a fever, and respiratory issues that can be life-threatening to humans.
Official advise about the Blue Dragons appearing on Texas beaches has been in short supply other than warning visitors to avoid interaction or examination of the creatures due to their ability to sting. Their movement is also very unusual, which you can see in the video below.
It’s entirely possible to handle them without any protective equipment as you can see in the picture above, though being venomous and an endangered species, it’s clear why the advice to avoid them was given.
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