Increase in Stingray Stings Up on SPI

POSTED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:24am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 12:27pm

South Padre Island officials have seen an increase of stingray stings over the last couple of days from beach goers.

The numbers have increased from 75 to 100 stings in the last three or four days as the stingrays are coming on shore to feed as people walk in the water.  When a person steps near a stingray the tail will come out and the barb with strike them on the calf or foot. The sting from a stringray is like that of a bee sting and the barb will stay inside the wound so medical care is required.

One way of preventing from getting stung is to shuffle your feet as you walk in the water. The motion of your feet will cause the stringray to move out of your path and prevent it from stinging you in self defense. If you do get stung it is recommended that you use a heat pad or place something hot around the sting area to elevate the pain.

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