Dozens of bizarre, blue poisonous sea creatures were discovered washed up on a beach in South Africa, stunning locals, according to a report.
The blue dragons — which are shell-less mollusks known as “the most beautiful killer in the ocean” — were found in the sand near Cape Town by a local grandmother, the UK Sun reported.Maria Wagener said she was strolling on the coast when she spotted more than 20 of the Smurf-like sea slugs, which look like a cross between a lizard, an octopus and a bird.
“I probably would have put them back in the sea if I’d had something to lift them — but no, I didn’t touch them!” she told the outlet. “I pick up starfish all the time and put them back into the sea but I had a feeling that these would have a sting.”
Blue dragons feed on deadly Portuguese man o’ war and other venomous aquatic critters then process their cells to zap predators with an even stronger sting, which can cause nausea, pain and vomiting.
Wagener, who shared photos of the creatures on her Facebook page, said the tide likely washed them back out to sea.