First I want to clearly state that stingrays are
not an aggressive species. Contact with a stingray usually occurs when
people catch a stingray while fishing or step on one that has washed up
on shore. I know I
sometimes cause alarm when I write these times of article. My goal is to
educate on things not readily known by the public at large.
Do stingrays have a sting? Not really. What they do
have is a sharp, almost “medieval” dagger stinking out from their
tale. The sticker is primarily a defensive weapon.
There are two main dangers when coming in contact
with a ray.
tissue injuries cause when sticker is withdrawn from the wound.
from the “funk” that lives everyday on the ray’s tail.
What should you do if a stingray injures you?
not panic. Get out of the water and hobble over to a beach blanket
or back to the house.
your foot in a pot of water that is as hot as you can stand. This
should ease the pain and occasional local muscle spasms associated
with this injury.
your doctor for follow up antibiotics and immunizations.
How can you protect your self?
an old shoe or aqua sock type of footwear.
where you walk.
you hook one while fishing and you do not know what to do, cut bait
and let it go.