We're getting dangerously close to having a new critterto add to the clan out here in Venice. Chili is going to be green with envy.
This morning I met a stingray. I stepped on him and he hurt me. It hurt really bad.
Here's what a helpful website had to say about our interaction.
Stingrays have a barbed spine on their long tails that can cause painful and dangerous stings. Stingrays can thrash their tails side to side and up and down, causing glancing blows as well as actual stings. Because the stinging spine has jagged edges, the wounds can be ragged, deep and bleed extensively. A stingray does not attack but will sting if surprised or provoked. Once stung, the pain is intense. There may also be nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing and shock. Treatment for a stingray sting is to immediately immerse the affected area in water as hot as the victim can tolerate without causing burns. The wounded area must be kept in hot water for 30-60 minutes.
I wish I would have read this before I met the stingray because I sat in exquisite pain with my foot under really cold water. Once Nicole actually told me to make the water hot, it didn't hurt at all.
Once I got into work, I leaned from the resident surf pro that you're supposed to pee on the wound right away and then rub it down with meat tenderizer. Next time I'll be ready.