Stingrays are very shy creatures that are afraid of activity and energy from beach goers. They are non aggressive and come to the shores from April to October, to mate and enjoy the warm waters. Their favorite thing to do when they aren’t looking for little crabs and shrimp to eat, is to bury themselves in the sand about 3-10 yards off shore. Their tail, which incases a barb carrying toxic venom , is strictly for self defense.
Now given these facts what can a beach goer do to help insure They don’t become a statistic of a stingray incident. First when you arrive at the beach try to calm the urge to go running into the water. It is very important to learn the stingray shuffle. After all they live in the water year round but are more abundant during April to October. The stingray shuffle is all about dragging your feet in the sand this puts off a vibration that warns them you are coming. Remember the first 3-10 yards is where they hide from Predators trying not to be eaten.
Next thing to know is if I get wounded by a Toxic Barb what should I do first. Don’t Panic this is going to cause adrenalin rush which doesn’t help. Assess the wound if there is excessive bleeding apply direct pressure and call 911. If there is any foreign body sticking out DO NOT remove this will release more toxins in the blood. Go to your closest medical facility or call 911 if you are not close to a facility. The pain this toxin causes is very severe in intensity. The best thing to do is get to some place that has hot water of at least 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As the water cools replenish with not water. This will temporarily help with the pain but every time you take your wounded area out of the hot water the pain will return. It is always best if you can have an x-ray to make sure there are no barbs left and unfortunately that is the only way to tell.
I hope this helps in keeping your vacation a fun non tragic summer with lots of good memories. I have lived by theses rules and have lived in this beautiful Florida coast for more then 50 years and thus far no stingray incidents.