Stingray Attacks Increase

Ocean rescue workers along one Outer Banks beach say swimmers have suffered an unusual number of injuries from stingrays that lurk in the sand below their feet.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reports that during one week last month there were at least two injuries each day from stingrays, something that Corolla rescue chief Sylvia Wolff says generally occurs fewer than five times a year.

Wolff says Corolla Ocean Rescue reported 238 major medical incidents from June through August, with about a third of those resulting from stingrays.

Stingrays strike back when they're stepped on by swimmers. Their tail is armed with a poisonous barb, which can break off in the flesh.

Other North Carolina beaches have not reported an increase in stingray stings.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    This is one reason I do all of my swimming in a pool. You can still drown, but a pool has neither rip currents nor critters.
  • by NC Surfer on Sep 12, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    The press goes to great efforts to demonize these harmless creatures. Stingrays don't "lurk" in the sand, that's where they live until some unsuspecting swimmer disturbs them. They also do not "attack" anyone or anything. Their stinger is used entirely as a defense mechanism. Leave them alone and they won't harm you. If they do, it's only because you stepped where you shouldn't have.
  • by norays4me on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Just look at that ugly mean creature. We should go to the ends of the ocean floors and exterminate all of them.
  • by Jeffrey Davis on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    This is just a coincidence and is not news worthy.
  • by Fisherman Location: Washington on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Sharks eat stingrays, people kill sharks for fins and sport, fewer sharks, more stingrays.
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      by Bloke on Sep 12, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to Fisherman
      Then what do you have to say about more shark attacks great philosopher?
      • reply
        by rapper on Sep 12, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to Bloke
        I say if we would feed the sharks some of the edible garbage from major east coast cities, there may not be as many attacks on idiot people who insist on swimming in the sharks habitat. This might also help in reducing land fill overflow.
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