The Science of Surf Remedies: Stingrays

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The stingray (Urobatis halleri): a pancake-sized fish capable of striking fear deep into the bravest of hearts. A slippery misstep while walking out into the lineup has humbled the best of us, whether from a barb in the foot or a shameful audible reaction.

Teag Turner, Lifeguard I at Huntington State Beach, calls stingrays “ocean land mines,” and chalks most stings up to bad luck. Turner said that on a day with large crowds and a dropping tide, the lifeguards at HB often deal with more than a hundred stings in a single day, and see well over 1,000 stings during a summer season.

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