3 reported injured by stingrays near Rehoboth Beach

June 24, 2008 8:11:18 AM PDT
A marine wildlife expert says three people injured this year by stingrays near Rehoboth Beach likely aggravated the rays, which are usually more sensitive at this time of year.

Suzanne Thurman says the barbs on a stingray are more sensitive during mating season and respond more quickly to a human's touch. Thurman is the director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute in Lewes.

Even with the three injuries, Beebe Medical Center spokeswoman Nancy Cummings says injuries from jellyfish are much more common for her facility's emergency room.