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Dragon-like marine animals that are known as the “most beautiful killer in the sea” and can be seen on the beach

A marine animal known as “the most beautiful killer in the ocean” because of its blinding blue color and possibly deadly sting has washed up on an African beach.

The Glaucus atlanticus, commonly known as the blue kite, was found on Fish Hoek Beach near Cape Town in South Africa by a local woman who was walking.

The sea slug feeds on the deadly Portuguese warrior and other poisonous marine animals.

It then absorbs the stinging cells from its food and stores them in concentrated doses, giving it a far stronger sting than its prey.

It stores the stinging cells of its prey

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Typical symptoms of the blue kite sting are nausea, pain, vomiting and acute allergic contact dermatitis.

Maria Wagener, who found the creatures, often helps stranded starfish back into the water, but this time she was lucky when instinct told her to keep her distance.

“I’ve never seen them before and I’ve lived near this beach for most of my life,” she said.

“They’re a bit like a sea scorpion. They’re small, about an inch long. They’re blue at the top and white at the bottom.

“It wasn’t hard to see them on the white sand.”

She followed her instinct and didn’t touch him

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She continued, “I pick up starfish all the time and put them back in the sea, but I had a feeling these would have a sting.

“I would probably have put her back in the sea if I’d had something to lift her up.

“So no, I haven’t touched her!”

Mrs. Wagener estimates that she found 20 on the beach, but says that “there could have been more”.

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And if there was any doubt as to whether the creatures had ingested poison from their prey, the grandmother found the evidence right on the beach.

“There were a variety of other types of marine life as well,” she said.

“There were little blue crabs, Portuguese warriors, and blue clams called Janthina Janthina.”

Fortunately, the blue dragons probably didn’t need Mary’s help.

She said, “They were still very much alive when I saw them. The tide would have brought them back to the sea.”

Ms. Wagener shares photos of her beach discoveries on her Facebook page, Fish Hoek Beach.

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