Sting Ray (Photo Chuck Bradley)Stingrays are bottom dwelling marine animals common in the shallow inshore waters. When disturbed they flick their tails and cause cuts from their venomous barbs.


  • Stingrays are often hard to see – keep close watch
  • Slide your feet along the sand when walking in shallow water


  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • salivation
  • sweating
  • respiratory depression
  • convulsions
  • cramping
  • abdominal pain
  • cardiac arrhythmia
  • myocardial ischaemia and, rarely, death.


  • Immerse wound in hot water (about 45C) for at least 30 minutes for pain relief.
  • Carefully examine the wound and remove any foreign material.
  • Seek medical advice