CLEARWATER, Fla. — The city of Clearwater reminds swimmers to practice the “stingray shuffle” to avoid being stung by stingrays and jellyfish.
The city said on Tuesday that swimmers were reporting jellyfish stings, which led to lifeguards raising the purple flag Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to Visit St. Pete Clearwater, the flag colors mean:
- Green: Grab the sunscreen, you’re good to go! Conditions are calm and normal.
- Yellow: Surf’s up! Visitors (especially those with small children or poor swimmers) should use caution.
- Purple: It’s an ocean, after all. Potentially dangerous marine life (such as jellyfish and stingrays) or conditions are present.
- Red: High surf or strong currents are present, and visitors should stay out of the water.
- Double Red: The beach is closed due to conditions such as high surf, rip currents or other factors.
ATTENTION BEACHGOERS: Swimmers are experiencing some jellyfish stings off #ClearwaterBeach. Lifeguards have raised the purple flag to warn of the danger. Swim near a lifeguard and remember the “Stingray Shuffle,” (see video below).
❗️ If stung, see a lifeguard for assistance. ❗️ pic.twitter.com/PeBf7d8rQw
— City of Clearwater, FL (@MyClearwater) September 8, 2020
The “stingray shuffle” is well known among Floridians. If you’re not familiar with it, it just means to shuffle your feet along the bottom as you walk in the ocean.
If you do get stung, see a lifeguard. The Florida Department of Health also provides this guide for dealing with marine stings.