October 18, 2019 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Venice Beach Sting

by Melanie Camp.

Todd Silverstein has never been stung by a bee, but a stingray got him good at Venice Beach down by the Breakwater on Saturday, July 8.

Venice Beach Lifeguards have special bags for hot water to treat stings. Photo courtesy Todd Silverman.

“It felt like I stepped on a box cutter, and being a  marine biology major I knew right away; Stingray. I got myself to a lifeguard, and they gave me a bag full of hot water that helped a lot. The pain is the throbbing of a sledgehammer. The hot water breaks up the toxin making the pain go away quicker,” Silverstein told Yo! Venice.

Soaking a sting in hot water eases the pain. Photo courtesy Todd Silverman.

Stingrays prefer warmer water. Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Lidia Barillas explained to Yo! Venice, “during the summer months we have more stingray calls due to the relatively warmer water, and more beach patrons in the water.” And while Barillas she didn’t have any information on trends or records word on the beach is the temps are up. Typically the water temperature can vary from 63 F to 70 F. “Yes it is on the warmer side these days,” Barillas said.

Silverstein, who used to live in Venice, knew he should have done the Stingray Shuffle – a move where you slide your feet along the sandy sea floor to avoid treading on Stingrays. Instead, he jumped while body boarding into a big wave and landed right on the stingray. “Poor little fella, it was just scared of being crushed by me,” he said. Silverstein’s wife Kelli is a science teacher. “She literally had to use her ‘teacher voice’ to get me to calm down when I was initially stung in the water and start heading to shore,” he said.

To avoid the trauma, Barillas agreed it is best to shuffle into the water as opposed to stepping in, “people tend to step on them, and that’s when they get hurt.” Shuffling also causes turbulence, and this scares away the stingrays.

Barillas said after a sting, it is important to go to your family doctor or visit urgent care as “sometimes the barb gets stuck,” and it is not always easy to find.

Related Posts

40 Units of Permanent Supportive Housing on Lincoln Boulevard?

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

Venice Community Housing submits proposal to LA City Planning By Sam Catanzaro An auto repair shop on Lincoln Boulevard in...

Edify TV: Westside Measles Exposure

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced that a person with measles visited several Westside businesses this...

Man Who Died on Venice Beach Last Week Identified

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

Cause of Timothy Hutson’s death still unknown By Sam Catanzaro Over the weekend investigators identified a man whose body was...

Body found on Venice beach, Building affordable housing too expensive? House homeless in already built units and temporary shelters? Yo! Venice This Week October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019 1

Yo! Venice This Week October 14, 2019 – all your local news and happenings in under 5 minutes.* Body found...

Prince vs. Bowie silent disco on the Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival: Yo! Venice Westside Local – Oct. 11 2019

October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019

Yo! Venice Westside Local – Oct. 11th 2019 – all your local events and happenings in under 5 minutes.* Prince...

Body Found on Venice Beach

October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019

Body found Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating a body that was found...

Building Affordable too Costly? Use Existing Units to House Homeless

October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019

Report released showing cost of developing affordable housing in Los Angeles By Sam Catanzaro As the Los Angeles City Controller...

Letter to the Editor: Bringing Homeless into Policymaking?

October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019

Dear Editor: It was ironic to see your cover story (Bringing Homeless into Policymaking? – 9/26/19), with yet another dubious...

Man arrested for stabbing wife on Speedway near Venice Beach, Thatcher Yard development to break ground in 2020: Yo! Venice This Week: October 7

October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019

Yo! Venice This Week: October 7, 2019 – all your local news and happenings in under 5 minutes* Man arrested...

Man Arrested After Repeatedly Stabbing Wife in Venice

October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019

LAPD arrest man on suspicion of murder Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A man was arrested in Venice Beach Friday...

Venice student donates over $1,000 to Bahamas relief effort, Skate, Bike, and Roll Breast Cancer event: Yo! Venice Westside Local October 4 2019

October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Yo! Venice Westside Local October 4 2019 – all your fun local events and happenings in under 5 minutes.* Venice...

Thatcher Yard to Break Ground in 2020

October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019 1

98 units of housing for seniors and formally homeless families By Sam Catanzaro According to a report recently released by...

Venice Fifth Grader Raises Over $1,000 for Families Devastated by Hurricane Dorian

October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

10-year-old Scarlett Johnson raises money for Direct Relief By Keldine Hull As students around the world become more vocal about...

Bonin Calls For Investigation Into Playa del Rey Oil Facility, Water fountains near Venice homeless encampment: Yo! Venice This Week September 30

October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

Yo! Venice This Week September 30 – all your local news in under 5 minutes.* Bonin Calls For Investigation Into...