CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Warmer water temperatures are bringing out the stingray encounters in San Diego.
Thursday afternoon, 12 more people were stung just days after a similar incident involving 10 to 15 people Tuesday.
“I’m not used to the beach I come from Arizona so like this is actually happening,” said Angelo La Rosa, who is visiting from Arizona.
“It felt like something was digging into my skin,” said 13-year-old Phoenix Stofa, who was one of at least a dozen stung Thursday.
“Yeah, yeah they don’t want to get stepped on and that’s their only defense mechanism and they have a barb,” said Sgt. Damon Bassett, a lifeguard in Coronado.
Basset said he feels for those who get stung.
“Anytime you get some nice weather and some warm water people don’t know to shuffle their feet. Then they can come in contact and get stung.”
“Don’t walk on the water like you would on land,” Bassett added. A painful lesson for some, but still a day at the beach.
“I just thought of the shark movies but it wasn’t a shark alert it was just a stingray. If it was a shark alert, I would have been more,” La Rosa said.
If you do happen to get stung, lifeguards say you should soak the affected area in hot water to deactivate the venom.