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Beach Safety: Jellyfish and Stingrays

With limited services at PINS and an increase in jellyfish, officials say it is best to always be prepared when visiting the beach.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Padre Island National Seashore officials say they have recently seen an increase of jellyfish stings in the national park.

"As there are limited services available at the visitor center, please pack vinegar with you for your beach trip. Vinegar deactivates the jellyfish sting. If you would like, you can mix it with meat tenderizer as it forms a paste which may stick to skin better and the tenderizer may additionally help deactivate the sting," stated Padre Island National Seashore officials. 

"And while we're talking about safety, when you're in the water, shuffle your feet along the stand to avoid stepping on a stingray and being stung. We do not have the medical expertise to assist with stingray stings, so if you are stung, leave the stinger (do not try to pull it out) and seek medical assistance outside the park as soon as possible," added PINS officials. 

There are two medical facilities located on Padre Island, just north of Padre Island National Seashore where you are able to seek medical assistance if you are stung by a stingray.

For more beach safety tips, visit the Padre Island National Seashore's website or Facebook page, as their experts always provide updates on our coastal habitat. 

Credit: PINS
Padre Island National Seashore officials say they have recently seen an increase in jellyfish in the park.

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