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Tips on avoiding stingrays
Two people were stung by stingrays on Navarre beach over the weekend.
They were both treated and are okay.
Navarre Beach Fire Chief Mike Howard says in his eight years of working here, this is the first time he's ever heard of folks in the area being stung by stingrays.
Chief Howard says emergency crews were called to the sound side of Navarre Beach Park Saturday afternoon.
A woman had been stung by a stingray like one of these on her lower left leg.
She was able to walk to an ambulance and was taken to the hospital.
In a separate incident that day, Chief Howard says a man came into his fire station with a sting.
Both victims were treated and are all right.
Arron Culler, Gulfarium Scuba Diver (2006): "It's a really bad burning, stinging sensation."
Divers who swim with the animals regularly say although stings from their sharp barbs can be very painful, few people are ever killed or seriously injured by them.
Arron Culler, Gulfarium Scuba Diver (2006): "You can get pierced with a metal object and it can kill you, but this isn't really gonna do that much."
Reporter: "Do you know what to do to prevent stingray stings?"
Michael Lusk, Visiting from West Virginia: "Actually I don't."
Michael Lusk, who's visiting from out of town, was not aware of what to do to help keep from being stung.
But a local beachgoer we spoke with answered right away.
Brittney Garcia, Navarre Beach: "The stingray shuffle. You kick your feet in the sand, you shuffle them."
By shuffling as you walk through the water, experts say you improve your chances of scaring off stingrays or any other critters that may be around.
And that will hopefully decrease your chances of being stung.
If you do wind up getting stung by a stingray, experts say it's best to seek medical attention if possible.