"All you do is control the bleeding, tell them to put it in as hot of water as they can stand for 30 minutes, keep a watchful eye for infection and take Tylenol for pain if you need it," Baker said. "No one has really been in a situation where they had to be transported [to the hospital] or anything."
Baker said it was impossible to determine why there has been an increase in sting ray stings this weekend but that the holiday crowd size and minimal wave action are contributors.
"They come in spurts; it is a denser beach population than normal and with less wave action they are bottom feeders and sit in the still water in the troughs," he said.
Shuffling while in the water instead of picking up your feet to walk is a good way to avoid stepping on a sting ray and prompting the creature to sting, Baker said.