Warning as ‘alien-like’ sea creatures with venomous sting wash up on beach

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Incredible "alien-like" Blue Dragon sea creatures have been spotted in their hundreds sparking sting warnings for beachgoers.

Tiny floating sea creatures which look straight out of a sci-fi movie are washing up on Australia's east coast, marine biology student and photographer Lawrence Scheele has reported.

Blue Dragons, or blue glaucus as they are officially called, have been blown way out from their usual habitat in remote ocean waters by recent strong north-easterly winds.

Student Mr Scheele says he has followed the "Blue Fleet" from North Queensland earlier in the summer to Sydney's Northern Beaches where he took stunning photos of the marine life.

Despite their minuscule size, as relatives of the Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish Blue Dragons can inflict one hell of a sting if touched, Daily Mail reports.

Lawrence shared a video of the blue fleet clustered together on his popular Snorkle Down Under Instagram page. He captioned it detailing everything he saw followed by: "These beautiful blue creatures got swept onto Sydney's shoreline today. Which ones your favourite?"

In another spectacular clip shared last week, he wrote: "Had an unsuspecting visit by hundreds of this beautiful creatures known as Glaucilla marginata not to be confused with their cousin, Glaucus atlanticus.

"During the summer months, strong winds wash these tiny 1 cm aeolid nudibrands onto shore. They are even expert acrobats!"

He added: "Some of these creatures are venomous, so best idea not to touch. Also they are quite small so look closely at the shoreline the next time Bluebottles wash up at your local beach."

When they are not using their blue and silver colouring to hide from predators, Blue Dragons will snack on small ocean invertebrates including others in the blue fleet.

Their trick to float upside down on the surface of the water by swallowing a small air bubble, is the same reason they are vulnerable to the wind blowing them to shore.

Anyone fancying a closer look should be warned that the creatures unleash cells called nematocysts to leave a very painful sting whatever organism has just touched it.

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