- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - With warm weather and calm water, a handful of beachgoers are getting stung by stingrays each day on Clearwater Beach.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/1vPAbSA) that lifeguards are advising beach visitors to continue doing the “stingray shuffle,” shuffling their feet in the sand when entering the water.

In Clearwater, emergency officials say the high number of stings this week is due to water temperatures staying warm as well as flat, calm waters bringing stingrays closer to shore. This last shot of warm weather before the inevitable fall cool-down is also bringing visitors to the beach.

Lifeguards are posting purple flags to warn swimmers when stingrays are nearby.

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