Published: Apr 26, 2013 6:35 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 26, 2013 6:48 PM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- It's time to start doing the 'stingray' shuffle! Groups of stingrays are making their way into the waters on Fort Myers Beach. Stingray season runs from April to October and is usually based on how warm the water is in the gulf. Stingrays try to feed close to shore so firefighters want to remind you as you enter the water shuffle your feet into the sand.

"They can't see you coming and that makes them aware something near them, so it scares and it spooks them, which will cause them to swim away," said Fort Myers Beach Fire Captain, Mike Brown.

Captain Brown says if you are punctured by a stingray barb get out of the water immediately and put hot water on the wound. He says you may need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in awhile.