Houston on red alert as Venomous Blue Dragons found on Galveston Beach

Marine wildlife officials in Galveston have issued a precautionary advisory in advance of Spring Break festivities. The advisory highlights the potential presence of Blue Dragons, a type of sea slug, which may wash ashore.

While sightings of Blue Dragons are uncommon, officials urge beachgoers to exercise caution. These brightly colored creatures, formally known as Glaucus atlanticus, possess nematocysts, stinging cells that can inflict significant pain and discomfort upon contact.

The National History Museum categorizes Blue Dragons as nudibranchs, a group of shell-less mollusks. Their vibrant colors, ranging from blues and purples to oranges, have earned them evocative names such as “sea dragon” and “sea swallow.” As a result of their unique looks, humans are often attracted to them and may want to touch them.

Experts emphasize the immediate and severe reaction associated with a Blue Dragon sting. The intense pain is often described as a scraping or burning sensation, accompanied by potential nausea and disorientation. Serious reactions may necessitate emergency medical treatment.

Recommended first-aid measures include applying vinegar or warm water to the affected area. Importantly, avoid contact with seawater or sand, as these may exacerbate the stinging effect. To date, there have been no recorded casualties so far. However, with the weather beginning to warm up, these dragons could soon be causing carnage in the area.