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The waters around Panama City Beach are usually calm and safe to swim in.  However, you should take note of the beach warning flags.  A blue flag indicates calm, safe waters, a yellow flag warns extreme caution, and a red flag prohibits swimming.

When snorkeling, scuba diving, or boating in Panama City Beach waters, be sure to follow all guidelines and use extreme caution.

Panama City Beach's waters have an abundance of sea life.  Don't expect to find any whales or sea lions, but you might see sharks, dolphins, sting rays, starfish, sandollars and jellyfish in addition to a wide variety of fish.  Shark attacks are extremely rare, and when they do occur it is usually because the shark mistakes a person for something else.  You should never swim at night or at dusk, which is shark feeding time.  If you see a shark, do not make wild gestures or splash a lot.  Never go into the water with a bleeding wound.  Sting rays are usually harmless creatures.  They will only harm a person if they are provoked or stepped on.  Seek medical attention if stung by a sting ray. Apply heat or immerse the affected area in hot water to thin the venom. Keep an eye out for jellyfish--they have a nasty sting, but it is unlikely that any of the varieties in this area will cause serious damage.  If you are stung by a jellyfish, it is wise to seek medical attention. Use a topical agent for relief from pain and itching. A mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% rubbing alcohol may be applied to disinfect the wound. Sea turtles also reside in our waters.  They come onto the beaches to lay their eggs.  If you see a sea turtle, do not disturb it, and do not expose the animal to any bright lights.  Harming a sea turtle or its nest is punishable by law.

 

 

 

 

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