Blue Sea Dragons appear on the beaches in Corralejo

Published on October 08, 2021
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Image from Ayuntamiento de La Oliva

The city council of La Oliva has announced that there have been sightings of Blue Sea Dragons on the beaches near Corralejo, so people should be extremely careful when going in the sea, because their sting can be dangerous.

Glaucus atlanticus, also referred to as the Blue sea dragons are also commonly known as sea swallows or blue angels, is a species of small, blue sea slug, feed on other pelagic creatures, including the Portuguese man o' war and other venomous siphonophores. The Blue sea dragon stores stinging nematocysts within its own tissues as a defense against predators, so people should be extremely careful because their sting can be potentially dangerous. 

Currently, the Blue sea dragon has been identified at the beach area between Las Agujas and Las Grandes Playas.

Their sting can be very dangerous, so if you see any, please do not touch or disturb them; if you don't disturb them, they don't usually attack.

In case you have been stung by this species, it is recommended to contact the emergency services.

Remember to also pay attention to the beach flags, which can warn you if it's not safe to go in the water at that moment.

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