ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - As the tide washes in, it splashes on dozens of beach goers looking for a little fun in the sun.
But officials in Orange Beach say marine life made that difficult for several days recently.
Officials say June 29, numerous people complained of being stung by jellyfish and around six people were hit by stingrays Thursday.
On Friday, June 28 officials say around three more people were hit.
There no reports of stingrays and significantly less jellyfish on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Still the purple flags stayed up as a warning.
Local Doug Smith said he brought his family out despite knowing jellyfish were in the water.
"We've been out here quite awhile and my son has been on the paddle board. We've only seen a few jellyfish ourselves," said Smith.
Some beach goers chose to catch the jellyfish they found. Others like Rylie Rosevear and Cameron Seals who are down here on vacation, chose to avoid them altogether.
"We run and get away from it. We don't go back in the water. We're going back to the condo instead," Rosevear said.
Jake Kerger and his family, who came down from Kentucky, weren't aware what the flags meant, so the problem came as a surprise.
"We had no idea until we saw some kids catching jellyfish in nets. But yeah it's not something you want to swim around in and risk anyone getting hurt," Kerger said.
While beach goers didn't see as many jellyfish on the Gulf side, some said they saw what appeared to be hundreds in the waters on the bay side.
Still, some beach goers said it's just something you have to deal with.
"When you get in the water, you're at your own risk. We're in their world, so it's all on us," said Kerger.
Beach officials in Gulf Shores said they have not had reports of issues with jellyfish or stingrays.
Orange Beach officials will evaluate the waters Monday, July 1 and determine whether to take the purple flags down.
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