Time for the "stingray shuffle" on Sarasota beaches | Environment
Sarasota, Florida -- It's time to do the "stingray shuffle". Stingray season has begun and is expected to last through the summer. Lifeguards say by shuffling your feet in the sand, you'll scare off any stingrays that might be around.
If stingrays have been spotted at the beach, a purple flag will fly at lifeguard towers.
Stingrays by nature are not aggressive; however, the problem arises when bathers unknowingly step on them. This happens close to the shoreline where stingrays tend to burrow in the sand, usually during the summer months when they are searching for food or mating.
Stingrays are capable of inflicting a laceration or a penetrating type of wound. The injury is serious and can be very painful. Anyone who has suffered a stingray wound must take immediate and effective action in its treatment.
If stung by a stingray:
- Seek a lifeguard or go directly to the nearest medical facility for treatment or someplace where you can get hot water.
- Soaking the wound in hot water should be the first step taken in treating this injury. Soak the injured area in water as hot as one can stand, which will help to relieve the pain
For more information contact Sarasota County Lifeguard Operations at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.