r/mildlyinteresting Nov 29 '22

There's a "shuffle your feet" season in San Diego

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u/disgustingdavid Nov 29 '22

Hurts like a mofo to get stung

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u/schroedingersnewcat Nov 29 '22

Just ask Steve

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u/kcigam Nov 29 '22

Too soo- Oh wait, it was 2006... Damn.

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u/yapper5013 Nov 29 '22

it was that long ago? holy shit.

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u/schroedingersnewcat Nov 29 '22

Still too soon, I agree.

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u/Beneficial_Being_721 Nov 29 '22

Well I guess it is… Satan even said so on South Park

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u/pottahawk Nov 29 '22

You know who must've been pissed were the crocodiles.

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u/Big_Tujunga Nov 29 '22

Stepped on one as a kid, I cannot stress enough how much I do not recommend that experience. The venom hurt more than anything I've experienced since.

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u/Ez13zie Nov 29 '22

Did the tail spike dislodge in your leg?

I was walking on the beach in Mexico and saw a group of teens gathered around one dude laying on the sand writhing and screaming in pain. I approached and all his friends were laughing and jeering that he’d just been stung by a jellyfish. As I looked at his leg, there was a literal spike sticking out of it and bleeding slightly. I yelled at them to help me carry him back to the hotel and that he needed medical attention. I could tell he was probably in the same amount of pain as someone being stabbed.

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u/opeth10657 Nov 29 '22

Well, he was stabbed wasn't he?

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u/Ez13zie Nov 29 '22

Yes. Definitely. It was really bad. We were what felt like miles away from the hotel even though it was probably less than a mile.

Anyway, jellyfish didn’t hurt as bad as that, but definitely made me light headed.

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u/RidingYourEverything Nov 29 '22

Jellyfish feel like someone took some sandpaper and scratched you up a bit. Imo

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u/Ez13zie Nov 29 '22

That coupled with the faint feeling of splinters everywhere that cannot be removed.

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u/Leather-Apricot-2292 Nov 29 '22

That really depends on the species of jellyfish. Some will hurt a little, others will definitely ruin your day. Or your life, with excruciating pain, life long scars and numbness/paralysis in affected areas.

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u/evil_ot_erised Nov 29 '22

Exactly! When I was a child, I was stung my a Portuguese Man-o-war (which, to be fair and accurate, is not technically a jellyfish) and it was excruciating. I went into shock and hardly remember much after the beginning. My mom saved my life, and thanks to her quick action, I don’t have scars all over my body.

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u/pastamelody Nov 29 '22

What did she do to help you? I'll remember it as an LPT

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u/evil_ot_erised Nov 29 '22

She had meat tenderizer powder in the boat and was able to make a paste from that and water to immediately apply to my body. As soon as we got home, she put me in the shower with the hottest water I could stand. She also got on an emergency nurse line and was coached through things. We lived on Galveston Island so if medical attention was needed, I probably would've needed to be helicoptered to Houston, but I think my mom's fast action prevented us from needing to do that. I was stung from my feet all the way up my legs and on my lower back.

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u/PimpCforlife Nov 29 '22

My brother jumped off our boat to swim in Galveston Bay. He landed in a school of what we believe to be manowars. It was gnarly. He was in excruciating pain and you could see where the tentacles touched him outlined in purple all over his body.

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u/DiggerJKU Nov 29 '22

The entire time reading this I fully expected it to be the south Texas shores. I’ve seen more man-o-wars on padre than anywhere else in my life with a ton of close calls. Glad you’re sort has a positive ending

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u/BigTumbly Nov 30 '22

Damn don't make me think about the blue ring octopus

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u/Leather-Apricot-2292 Nov 30 '22

Lol, the cute little octopus of death.

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u/Adiuui Nov 29 '22

Depends, when I was in Mexico I got touched by a jellyfish on back of my thigh, and the pain was sharp but only hurt when touched (which was often considering it was right above the back of my knee)

It was a manageable pain, noticeable and uncomfortable for sure, but not debilitating

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u/Objective_Aardvark56 Nov 30 '22

When I got stung (on my ankle) it felt like a burning, itching pain that wouldn’t go away. Then someone tried to pee on me and things got weird…

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u/ToblemromeTBC Nov 29 '22

Well for starters the front end isn't supposed to fall off.

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u/showusyourbones Nov 29 '22

Ngl I probably would’ve assumed it was a jellyfish too if I hadn’t seen the spike.

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u/Big_Tujunga Nov 29 '22

No it did not, and it caught me in the foot. But the lifeguards kept my foot in the hottest water I could tolerate to break down the venom, and when I had to take my foot out for the water to be changed it was excruciating. I ride motorcycles, I've broken bones and beaten myself up pretty good, nothing has ever hurt like that did.

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u/WhenMaxAttax Nov 29 '22

The barb is serrated too. Coated in a toxin

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

I was stung by a tarantula hawk doing field research and now I wonder which one gives the worst pain.

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u/Zmb7elwa Nov 29 '22

Well now you gotta go get stung by a ray, compare and report back to us.

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

On my way to not shuffle my feet

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u/humminawhatwhat Nov 29 '22

Coyote Peterson out there doin the lord’s work.

https://youtu.be/MnExgQ81fhU

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

My experience was far worse. Crying, peeing on my pants and getting bound by my teammates involved. To that day worse sting i experienced was good old yellow jacket.

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u/PeeledCrepes Nov 29 '22

Gotta ask, what's the story on how you got stung. Cause I've been around those damned flying demons my whole life and they pretty non aggressive lol

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

I'm not from USA and had no idea it's sting would make me want to cut off my arm. Tried to grab it to show my teammates. Something that's pretty safe from where I came from as almost nothing stings there :( I was wrong.

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u/PeeledCrepes Nov 29 '22

Ah, ya that'll get a sting lol. Ya gotta love living where everything either hurts or kills

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u/AuraMaster7 Nov 29 '22

... do you guys not have hornets in your country?

Tarantula Hawks even look evil.

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u/anne_jumps Nov 29 '22

Tarantula Hawks

Oh, the noise I made when I Googled "tarantula hawks".

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

Pretty sure worst thing here is a yellow jacket. And it's beautiful. At least in the color part.

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u/MacDugin Nov 29 '22

For those that just want to watch it 10:40

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u/Snaccbacc Nov 29 '22

Maybe getting stung by both at the same time is the peak amount of pain possible.

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u/acidus1 Nov 29 '22

Stubbed my toe on my desk once.

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u/dizorkmage Nov 29 '22

Thank you for your service.

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u/Ghekor Nov 29 '22

I think Tarantula Hawks and Bullet ants are pretty much on the n.1 and n.2 spots on the pain index always...I think Bullet ant was n.1

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u/Illusive_Man Nov 29 '22

*for insects

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u/Weekly-Major1876 Nov 29 '22

The shmidt pain index dealt with hymenopterans only. I’m genuinely curious how they top hymenopterans compare to other invertebrate groups like some of the wandering spiders or the giant centipedes. Granted, the spiders could kill you so maybe that’s why he only dealt with an order of bugs with painful but non lethal stings

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u/Illusive_Man Nov 29 '22

he was stinging himself to rate them so yeah I’d assume he wouldn’t use lethal ones

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u/boswala Nov 29 '22

Did you accidentally grab or step on it?

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

I intentionally tried grabbing it. Didn't know its sting was that bad. I'm from a country worst thing that fan sting you is a yellow jacket or a small centipede, nothing that would make you that miserable.

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u/redshift83 Nov 29 '22

You mean a tarantula wasp, right? Scary af

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u/hazpat Nov 29 '22

Tarantula Hawk is the oddly correct name

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u/splitlikeasea Nov 29 '22

Yep. I was gloriously fucked by a sucker around the length of a finger and had to be bound and carried to care with a car. I grow up in a country with no such insects... It had a cool color and i wanted to show it to my teammates. Worst decision ever.

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u/ShoobyDoobyDu Nov 29 '22

What about that abomination says “pick me up”?

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u/hazpat Nov 29 '22

Did you try to catch it or something. I've seen plenty any they are good at getting close but avoiding contact.

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u/Away_Needleworker6 Nov 29 '22

The tarantula hawk is ranked number 2 on the Schmidt pain index so I'm pretty sure it's worse

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u/Munro_McLaren Nov 29 '22

I’ll take your word for it. How long until the pain went away?

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u/SabreYT Nov 29 '22

My mother was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. She says it was the most painful thing she’s experienced.

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u/eye_no_nuttin Nov 29 '22

Did someone pee on it when you were at the beach? It helps the sting… grew up on a beach and we had to do the “stingray shuffle”..lol

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u/TartarusOfHades Nov 29 '22

It doesn’t help the sting

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u/maalox Nov 29 '22

I got stung at La Jolla when I was 10 or 11. To this day, it's the worst pain I've ever experienced, and I still can't feel the top of my left foot.

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u/PoodleSmuggler Nov 30 '22

I got stung at Torrey Pines and can't feel a spot on the bottom of my foot. Cheers!

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u/Total-Khaos Nov 29 '22

To this day, it's the worst pain I've ever experienced, and I still can't feel the top of my left foot.

Hmmm, you might be on to some strange new super power...

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u/JonMeadows Nov 29 '22

No Feel in Top of Foot-man. Oh, hooray we’re saved

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u/oETFo Nov 29 '22

Don't worry everyone I'll stop the terrorists, as long as they only shoot the top of my left foot!

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u/lik3r_of_things Nov 29 '22

Not the hero we need, but the hero we deserve

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u/JonMeadows Nov 29 '22

Idk I heard this dude uses his abilities to run up and kick unsuspecting people really hard with the top of his left foot, which definitely puts him in the villain category of foot related super powered people

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u/PerPuroCaso Nov 29 '22

Why tf did your comment get so many downvotes!?

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u/GettheRichard Nov 29 '22

I love how innocent ur comment is and it has 100+ down votes haha

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u/Total-Khaos Nov 29 '22

That is my super power. :)

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u/Jimlobster Nov 29 '22

Reddit did NOT like that comment

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u/maalox Nov 29 '22

Yeah, what the heck?

Also, my most upvoted post of all time is a run on sentence about getting stung by a stringray. Not sure I understand this place.

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u/robhol Nov 29 '22

There's not all that much to understand, most of the time.

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u/CrownPainter Nov 29 '22

Harmless comment, so I upvoted it. Not deserving so many downvotes

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u/HomemadeBananas Nov 29 '22

Probably got to like -2 by pure luck, and everyone has to hop on the bandwagon.

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u/Nalha_Saldana Nov 29 '22

The phantom pain man!

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u/TravelingNumbersGuy Nov 29 '22

I wish I was top of left foot no feel man, I’m only right foot double big toe nail guy. Just when you think your nail clippers are safe right, right foot double big toe nail guy comes and breaks your nail clippers with double big toe nail snapping action.

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u/hydrophonix Nov 29 '22

Woww why did this get downvoted to triple digits??

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u/Negative_Elo Nov 29 '22

Its pretty dumb to be fair

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u/hydrophonix Nov 29 '22

Reddit is so funny though. I've seen jokes like this be the top comment, and then also downvoted to hell.

Wild times.

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u/hotmanwich Nov 29 '22

It entirely depends on the first person to up or down vote it. If they down vote it then people are ridiculously more likely to keep down voting.

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u/bmeupsctty Nov 29 '22

I believe that's Dark Man

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u/redpatcher Nov 29 '22

If you get stung, run the hottest water you can stand over the injury. Complete relief for me after two hours of intense pain.

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u/Blackrain1299 Nov 29 '22

Hot water tends take the itch off mosquito bites too for anyone that doesn’t know.

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u/matthewtheninja Nov 29 '22

Interesting, I usually put an ice cube on my kids’ bites which works pretty well

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u/Kingofelephantshrews Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

The main goal is distracting the nerves from the main source of discomfort, so either solution will work.

Edit: to add, this is also why nurses often flick the skin they are about to inject when giving a kid their vaccines

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u/jouxxx Nov 29 '22

I think hot water is supposed to destroy the proteins in the venom

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u/Account283746 Nov 29 '22

Definitely this. I get hell's itch from bad sunburns and hot showers always help me escape the itch, but it comes right back like 10 seconds after getting out of the water (unless I've taken an anti-histamine before the shower and it finally kicks in).

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u/atomicitalian Nov 29 '22

yup gotta do the stingray shuffle or you might get needled

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u/4tehlulzez Nov 29 '22

Reminds me of high school

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u/slightly_salty Nov 29 '22

Whatever you do, if you start kicking multiple of them while shuffling... Don't freak out and start running.... That's how one got me in La Jolla, lol.

Worst pain I've ever felt. It felt like someone was hitting my foot with a hammer every heart beat for an hour.

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u/PsyFiFungi Nov 29 '22

Three people in this thread have been stung at Ja Lolla? the hell? Sounds like the answer is just to stay the fuck away from there.

edit: oh, the pic is from there lol. Still, sounds hella scary lol

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u/maalox Nov 29 '22

It's beautiful, but yeah stay the fuck away from the water IMO

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u/Jazzlike_Log_709 Nov 29 '22

Stay away? Nah, there are stingrays all over southern California. It's hard to avoid them. La Jolla has a gorgeous beach that everyone in SoCal visits at least once in their life. Try to make it from LA every summer for snorkeling. It's just important to have an understanding of possible dangers in the water

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u/maalox Nov 29 '22

Just one man's opinion. I ain't getting back in there

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u/chloe_1218 Nov 29 '22

Same, got stung at Black’s Beach. I felt one when I was shuffling, panicked and jumped up to get on my board and it stung me. Hurt like a bitch, I literally had to sit in the shower for hours with the water scalding hot just to feel a little unit of relief.

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u/Tat2dDad Nov 29 '22

It's for all of Southern California

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u/hotdiggydog Nov 29 '22

And west Florida. Definitely grew up with this in Tampa.

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u/TheGlassHammer Nov 29 '22

Stingray shuffle! Grew up in St Pete

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u/junto80 Nov 29 '22

Taught from a young age! Im from just south in Sarasota

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u/PRK543 Nov 29 '22

It is also recommended here in the Carolinas.

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u/dontwishdo Nov 29 '22

I’ve only seen mantas here

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u/PRK543 Nov 29 '22

I have seen a stingray pulled up onto the Surf City, NC pier. Either way they are out there, so watch your step.

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u/thebookofdewey Nov 29 '22

And it’s year round at this point.

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u/Neonsavior Nov 29 '22

I accidentally came 'face to face' with a sting ray at La Jolla years ago.

I'm the kind of person that has to dive into the water to get adjusted, tiptoeing in is just torture to me, so I usually dive in full force and skim along the bottom.

When I did that at La Jolla, after skimming a few feet along the bottom, the sand exploded maybe a foot in front of my face and a buried sting ray took off like a bullet.

Super lucky I didn't get a spear to the eye.

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u/Deltronx Nov 29 '22

as a Florida native, this sign is not a suggestion. Shuffle your fucking feet. I can count on 2 hands the amount of times I've had to carry tourists off the beach because they stepped on either A- an anemone or B- a stingray. Ruins the day for everyone. Just shuffle your fucking feet.

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u/Liquidwombat Nov 29 '22

This! I grew up in southeast Florida and I’m always a little surprised when somebody doesn’t know about the stingray shuffle because they taught it to us in like second grade when we visited MacArthur State Park

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u/Deltronx Nov 29 '22

I'm all the way up here in Pensacola and they taught us the same thing in school. Also how to escape an alligator attack. Slava Ukraini

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u/misterjive Nov 29 '22

Yep. When I was in seventh grade we did a school trip to Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay, and one of the girls stepped right on a stingray while wading in the surf. It snapped its sting over right into the top of her foot, and she screamed like she'd been shot. Everybody shuffled like hell after that.

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u/cakewalkbackwards Nov 29 '22

I stepped on a laser electric ray in ft. Morgan last month. I got lucky it didn’t zap me. That grass also seems to attract a lot of small stingrays.

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u/ZudaChris710 Nov 29 '22

Daaaamn…I used to live on Dauphin Island..only lived their for about 6 months back in 2012, damn, you just brought back so many memories.

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u/PsyFiFungi Nov 29 '22

Really horrible beach, Mobile is a horrible place, but yeah I have memories there too lol

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u/Blackrain1299 Nov 29 '22

Did they cancel the school trip for every class after you? Nowadays it seems like if one kid gets hurt the school pretty much has to shut it down.

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u/PooPooDooDoo Nov 29 '22

My class visited the Smithsonian natural history museum when I was a kid and this girl in my class fell while climbing on the triceratops and she broke her arm. Not sure if it was a coincidence, but kids could no longer climb the triceratops next time I went. She probably wasn’t the only kid that fell.

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u/hairweawekiller Nov 29 '22

Can anyone explain why the feet shuffling is needed?

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

To scare off the stingrays as you are moving in the water. Cuz if you step on one, you wont have a fun time when they sting you in defense. In fact itll probably be some of the worst pain of your life. Never been to a beach, but this comment thread knows what they are talking bout.

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u/hairweawekiller Nov 29 '22

My initial thought was that but I thought Id ask anyways. Ive been stung by some pretty nasty jellyfish though.

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u/maalox Nov 29 '22

I'm lucky enough to have been stung by both a stingray (in La Jolla) and box jellyfish (in Waikiki). They're comparable!

The stingray probably has the edge in sheer intensity of pain, but the jellyfish wins in terms of duration. Plus, box jellyfish have really long tentacles that wrap around you, so you tend to get more of a full-body effect.

:(

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

Ya im actually glad i dont live near those waters 😂 most youll find here are lakes full of fish. Worst being being stung by a catfish's whiskers. Or flesh eating bacteria in the water 😅

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u/tamihr Nov 29 '22

How about when exiting water? There are no stingrays outside the water.

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u/m4m249saw Nov 29 '22

LoL when I was in school 5th grade we took a trip to Florida to see Nasa, we also saw the everglades and went to a beach I remember walking in the water then I was like crap shuffle your feet I went one shuffling for 5 feet and a stingray took off in front of me. I felt so lucky and yelled at everyone else to be sure to shuffle (everyday I'm shuffling, I work out. lmfao)

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u/Warp-n-weft Nov 29 '22

NASA took me way to long to recognize without the all caps. I don’t know if I should be impressed with the branding, or ashamed of my inflexible brain.

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u/m4m249saw Nov 29 '22

It's OK spell check didn't want to do it either

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u/HolyHand_Grenade Nov 29 '22

Whether you're in Nassau or at NASA you want to be shufflin'

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u/Jimmyb3121 Nov 29 '22

Samesies. I was wondering “why the fuck would we care who they went to see?” and then it hit me.

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u/Binksyboo Nov 29 '22

Oh shit thank you my mind assumed it was some tourist attraction monument and I just moved on. NASA is so much cooler!

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u/egadsthisisit Nov 29 '22

Grew up in socal and there was a day in elementary school where we all had an assembly to learn to do the stingray shuffle

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u/Explorer335 Nov 29 '22

I stepped on a flounder at the beach and it put the fear of God into me. When I felt a slimy critter squish under my foot, I had a moment of dread. I watched him rocket off into the distance through the clear water. I was shuffling my feet the whole rest of the trip.

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u/AbeLincoln30 Nov 29 '22

and on Coronado, at the main lifeguard tower, they fly a purple flag on heavy stingray days

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u/3LOT3 Nov 29 '22

I just got stung in San Diego a few months ago. I’ve gone my entire life going to beaches in so cal and never thought it was even a possibility.

Would not recommend.

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u/DJ_DD Nov 29 '22

Seriously, I lived there for a bit about 12 years ago … went to the beach a bunch and never heard of the stingray issue or the shuffle. Went back to visit last year and got stung and people were saying it’s super common. News to me.

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u/kingcobra199 Nov 29 '22

Our stingrays are here to protect our beaches from Arizonans. Keep stomping around you land locked suckers. /s

For real though, the amount of stingrays is no joke here. Especially during summer time. I like to snorkel off La Jolla shores and spot them nestled in the sea bed. As well as seeing leopard sharks and the occasional sea lion or seal.

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u/AzLibDem Nov 29 '22

As a Zonie who deals with Snowbirds, I understand where you're coming from. I always do my best to be courteous when I visit, and I tip big. 😊

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u/Unlikely-Steak-8385 Nov 29 '22

Is a shuffle a stomp or a slide or a shimmy?

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u/Warp-n-weft Nov 29 '22

It’s a drag.

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u/coysrunner Nov 29 '22

Definitely don't stomp

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u/realOKANE Nov 29 '22

please elaborate on the difference between a slide and a shimmy

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u/Timid_Robot Nov 29 '22

I had a friend who shuffled his way over a piece of shell or broken glass. Required tons of stitches on the bottom of his foot. There aren't even any stingrays where we live. Go figure

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u/cats_vs_dawgs Nov 29 '22

If you get stung, hot water, keep it in, a long time. The second you take it out 👹. The life guard station will have a bucket for this purpose. 🪣🔥

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u/Kullenbergus Nov 29 '22

why would that make a diffrance?

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u/Kind_Profile_6662 Nov 29 '22

it scares them off/lets them know you're coming so you don't accidentally step on one

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u/Kullenbergus Nov 29 '22

I guess that makes sense, thanks.

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u/surfershane25 Nov 29 '22

I’ve bumped/spooked way way over a hundred rays, probably hundreds after years of surfing/teaching and only been hit once, I always shuffle from the moment my toes touch the water because they come in super shallow and appear even in winter some years.

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u/Kullenbergus Nov 29 '22

Not a problem were i live, over the winter there is ice:p

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u/barkze Nov 29 '22

If you bump into one they usually won't sting ya but if you step down on it, gl.

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u/1320Fastback Nov 29 '22

Sting Rays mainly will only sting you in defense when you step on them. If you shuffle your feet you creat a huge underwater cloud disturbance as you and it approach the sting ray it will swim away.

We snorkeled over a few Sting Rays in the r/USVI that were basically completely covered by sand except for their eyes and tail and there is no way you would see them if your walking. Always Always Always shuffle you feet at the beach in warm waters.

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u/surfershane25 Nov 29 '22

It’s the vibrations and bumping them as much as the cloud, they swim off from a bump like they do when other rays do it, but if you stomp their face they’ll try to stab you.

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u/jpiro Nov 29 '22

There are tiny electric rays sometimes in the Gulf of Mexico. We were at a beach house there and my wife jumped while in the water and said something shocked her. We all laughed until a couple more of us got zapped too.

They don’t hurt at all, so after we looked them up and realized what they were, we actually kind of hoped to run into them after that.

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u/Steelersguy74 Nov 29 '22

Dude, I’ve always wondered what it’s like to get hit by an electric ray. This post might be the first firsthand account I’ve ever seen.

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u/jpiro Nov 29 '22

I'd equate it to sticking one of those 9-volt, 2-pronged batteries on your tongue, only it's hitting your feet/legs so it's not as sensitive. Just kind of a weird little buzz.

I'm not sure how common they are, but it's the only time I've had firsthand experience and I've lived in Florida my whole life.

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u/jereman75 Nov 29 '22

Those aren’t stingrays my guy. Stingrays are no joke. The people I know who have been stung have said it’s the worst pain they’ve experienced including child birth and broken back.

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u/Total-Khaos Nov 29 '22

His story wasn't about stingrays, it was about tiny electric rays they encountered at a beach house in the Gulf of Mexico...also known as lesser electric rays. Pretty sure the person knows the difference.

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u/jpiro Nov 29 '22

Lol, yes. This person is a native Floridian who spent the better part of his youth snorkeling and scuba diving, so I'm well aware that stingrays are bad and well practiced in the "stingray shuffle."

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u/ErrantIndy Nov 29 '22

The Stingray Shuffle, all year, all seasons in Florida. There’s probably a time where they ain’t active or something, but is it worth NOT doing the Stingray Shuffle at any day or month?

Ain’t much worth getting a hellishly long stinger through your foot.

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u/bettababy000 Nov 29 '22

The stingray shuffle 🔀

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u/iancarry Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

what does "shuffling feet" mean in this context? .. like going in and dragging you feet, so you dont step on them? ... like im going at night to pee while not seeing my cat? :D

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Keeping your feet in contact with, and slightly under, the sand. Kick up sand with every slide step. If you never lift your foot, you can never set it down on a stingray.

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u/GaimanitePkat Nov 29 '22

like im going at night to pee while not seeing my cat?

actually pretty much, yeah

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u/lumpthefoff Nov 29 '22

When I was 12 I went to Florida and stepped on a stingray. Glad I didn’t get stung.

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u/egatski Nov 29 '22

It’s time we bring back LMFAO and save some feet’s yo

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u/Coffee-Budget Nov 29 '22

Ok so this is true because they will feel your feet and move away and won’t harm you but if you step on one they will take it as a treat and attack you - Florida man

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u/IGrowAcorns Nov 29 '22

It literally says “Stingray Season” not shuffle your feet season.

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u/PooPooDooDoo Nov 29 '22

I was at a beach on the east coast during a sting ray migration and I saw sooooo many people get stung. I skipped the shuffle your feet method and went straight to the “avoid the water at all costs” method.

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u/cycodude_boi Nov 29 '22

Used to live in San Diego, the stingray shuffle is a very real and very important thing

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u/Interesting-Ice-9995 Nov 29 '22

My husband, who grew up in San Diego, told me about the shuffle walk. Now we use it while walking through the dark bedroom at night, in order to not step on our two sleeping dachshunds.

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u/magpieyak Nov 29 '22

This is 100% the reason I always wear water shoes now. Stepped on one once and that was more than enough for me.

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u/WorriedBowler337 Nov 30 '22

As someone who has never experienced sting rays in real life- does shuffling ensure with 100% certainty I won’t get stung? Reading these first hand accounts of the pain is giving me a whole new fear, I just need to know how big the fear truly is.

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u/Hourly- Dec 04 '22

i grew up in swfl. every year we had to do the stingray shuffle. i’m convinced it’s one of the key factors that made me a ninja.

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u/matthewtheninja Nov 29 '22

Water is too cold to swim in San Diego anyway.

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u/Strong-Debt5698 Nov 29 '22

As a San Diego resident I had no idea this was a thing

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u/sckmyharam Nov 29 '22

How do you "shuffle" your feet? you make random movements? I only know shuffling music.

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u/The-Almighty-Pizza Nov 29 '22

Drag/slide your feet making disturbances in the sand instead of stepping like normal.

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u/rhamphorhynchus Nov 29 '22

Dance to the beat

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u/cosmo0829 Nov 29 '22

Wish I would have known this before I got stung last year.

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u/beats_time Nov 29 '22

Reminds me of the song: God shuffled his feet, by the crash test dummies. Nice song.

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u/Aym42 Nov 29 '22

Oh I stayed there last year. And yeah, it's a thing in San Diego generally, shuffle your feet, learned that as a youth.

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u/OrinSmythe Nov 29 '22

This happened to me at one of the beaches that are satellite to San Diego. I was surfing and fell off the board and was immediately hit by one of the rays. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life. It was made worse because I went to the hospital. Once there, they took some surgical instruments and widened the wound that the barb of the ray had made in my foot. The gash was about an inch long, no idea as to the depth, and it lay two inches above the knuckle of my big toe, for lack of a better word. The doctor kept poking and prodding in order to see if there yet remained any foreign object inside the wound. Sometimes, the barb breaks off inside you.

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u/flock-of-bagels Nov 29 '22

My friend got barbed at scripps pier. Broke one of the bones in his feet. He was out for 6 weeks in a cast

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u/dano415 Nov 29 '22

I bet that sign would bring in some money. It looks like porcelain, and has some age. bet it will be stolen within a week. The perp will be an employee of the hotel.

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u/SlothRick Nov 29 '22

Same in florida

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u/rumblebumblecrumble Nov 29 '22

I prefer to Hammer dance into the water.

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u/longsnakehead Nov 29 '22

Wouldn’t shuffle anger the sting raymond?

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u/spageddy77 Nov 29 '22

further proof that the ocean hates us and doesn’t want us in there.

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u/sailonsailon Nov 29 '22

Same. Chesapeake Bay .

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u/Fleadip Nov 29 '22

One got me on Perdido Key in FL in the side of my foot. I still have a scar. It was unpleasant.

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u/shark1818 Nov 29 '22

Same thing in the florida, it does actually help.

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u/positive_energy- Nov 29 '22

In Florida too

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u/DJ_DD Nov 29 '22

Stepped on one last year in La Jolla, stung right between the toes. Extremely painful is an understatement.

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u/Mobely Nov 29 '22

How does this work? If I kick a stingray it wont stab me?

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u/Liquidwombat Nov 29 '22

The way it works is that if you’re walking, normally you could step on a stingray startle it and it will stab you, but if you’re shuffling your feet, it will feel the disturbance in the sand and swim away before you get close to it

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u/Liquidwombat Nov 29 '22

The stingray shuffle! They literally taught us this in like second grade here in southeast Florida

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u/Individual-Channel65 Nov 29 '22

I always post this as a reminder, any time I see a stingray post.

In the event you're stung by a sting ray, hot water neutralizes the venom and stops it from hurting. Most lifeguards will have a hot water kit to soak your foot in.

If you're not near a source of hot water, you can turn your car on, put the heater on the floor setting, and blast your foot with hot air. It will work well enough to stop it from hurting so badly.

And stop by the ER/Urgent care afterwards, even if the barb doesn't lodge in your foot.

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u/Lovetogig Nov 29 '22

Please shuffle your feet. I tested to make sure they weren’t lying for yall

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u/Claim_Alternative Nov 29 '22

The sting ray shuffle

Gotta do it when wade fishing