I am sure that all of us who live here in Florida have learned how to do the “stingray shuffle” when wading at any of our local beaches. Some of us have learned the hard way by getting stung. A sting from a ray can be a scary experience… and even extremely painful.

When you do see a stingray, it’s good to remember that there are usually more in the area. Luckily, this beach goer was fortunate enough to see them before she had any personal encounter with them.

ABC Action News shared this viewer video of a large group of stingrays, swimming about a half mile off the beaches of Anna Maria Island this week.

According to biologist, stingray sightings are common at Florida beaches during this time of the year, so you need to be aware and on guard when approaching the water.

Stingrays are not aggressive and only sting when threatened. But in case you do get stung, here are a few tips from WEB MD on what to do.

  1. Bathe the wound in seawater and remove any stinger pieces.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Apply pressure above the wound.
  3. Soak wound in Hot Water For Pain Relief.
  4. Scrub wound.
  5. Go to a Hospital Emergency Room.
  6. Follow Up.

And remember to call 911 if the person shows any signs of allergic reaction such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Fast Pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness


Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .