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Mollusks of the "Blue Dragon"

Poisonous mollusks of the "Blue Dragon" species have been found on one of the beaches in Phuket.

Employees of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources confirmed the information about the mollusks on Karon Beach and urged tourists not to touch them under any circumstances.

Poisonous mollusks of the "Blue Dragon" species have been found on one of the beaches in Phuket.

The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) is a species of sea slug from the nudibranch group that inhabits the surface of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, in temperate and tropical waters worldwide. This mollusk species is usually not found in coastal areas; the probable reason for its appearance is strong waves in the sea.

Mollusks feed exclusively on gastrointestinal animals such as siphonophores, jellyfish, and velellas.

They are completely immune to the poison of their prey—particles with poison accumulate in the mollusk's body and become its defensive mechanism.

Poisonous mollusks of the "Blue Dragon" species have been found on one of the beaches in Phuket.

That's why it's not recommended to handle the blue dragon with bare hands, as it can use the previously accumulated poison for self-defense.

A person stung by the blue dragon might feel as if stung by a jellyfish. Subsequently, other symptoms may appear, such as nausea, pain, vomiting, acute allergic contact dermatitis.

In case of contact with the mollusk, it is recommended to immediately treat the wound with vinegar.

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