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Old 03-15-2014, 02:52 PM
 
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I can find lots of photos of the beaches in Corpus Christi, but none of them have any people swimming in the ocean. So that brings up the question, is it safe or pleasant to swim in the ocean there?

I see lots of big ships and often water where there are lots of big ships can be pretty gross.

I've been to a beach house on the gulf in Florida where the water was very shallow. You could just walk out for a long distance and had to drag your feet with every step to stir up the stingrays so you didn't get stung.

There were lots of jellyfish, too, that made the water less pleasant.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The only water I wouldn't swim in is the ship channel in the bay. Aside from that, all beaches and the island are safe, shallow, and "pleasant" to swim in.

There is always a risk for jelly fish. There are a few times a year where they are plentiful. There is also some seaweed. Aside from that, there is nothing unpleasant about the water.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Smithville, TX
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The only water I wouldn't swim in is the ship channel in the bay. Aside from that, all beaches and the island are safe, shallow, and "pleasant" to swim in.

There is always a risk for jelly fish. There are a few times a year where they are plentiful. There is also some seaweed. Aside from that, there is nothing unpleasant about the water.

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The Portuguese man o' war (not a jellyfish) and stingrays are always a concern around the beaches. I was hit by a ray in Dead Man's Hole wade fishing. It was my own fault, nonetheless. . . necessitating a trip to Spohn.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Took the dog to the beach a week ago and there were plenty of jelly fish and rays around. Neither of us went in the water. I was out a few weeks ago and saw a man o' war, right next to some kids sitting in the shallow water. There have also been some puffer fish washed up lately too. When it was cold last month I saw tons of starfish. But I'm in the water almost daily for my work. Never without waders on though, mainly because we're in the water off and on almost all day long.

It's fun to observe out by the shipping channel because the dolphins seem to be most active there. But I also would not swim in the water there.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It's an ocean so expect marine life. The water is not as pretty as Florida, but just as safe to swim in as any other beach.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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I'm taking my kids to Padre Island this week do you recommend anywhere but I can take them to swim safely and also somewhere that they can see plenty of Manowar and jellyfish I would also like to take them fiddler crab hunting if anybody could help me with that thank you
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm taking my kids to Padre Island this week do you recommend anywhere but I can take them to swim safely and also somewhere that they can see plenty of Manowar and jellyfish I would also like to take them fiddler crab hunting if anybody could help me with that thank you
If you want to see jellyfish, safely, go to the Texas State Aquarium. Mustang Island, Padre Island National Seashore and JP Luby are all nice beaches.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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I'm taking my kids to Padre Island this week do you recommend anywhere but I can take them to swim safely and also somewhere that they can see plenty of Manowar and jellyfish I would also like to take them fiddler crab hunting if anybody could help me with that thank you
Rockport Beach is safe, with shallow water, minimal waves, and lots of hermit crabs. There were jellies there last week, both nettles and cabbageheads.
Cabbageheads are pretty safe to be around, they don't sting. Nettles can sting. Haven't seen many man of wars recently.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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I agree with DR - Rockport is a nice beach and one of the cleaest. Shallow for a long ways and they have beach pavillions etc
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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We were in the North Beach area a week ago and there were lots of jellies, both cabbageheads and moon jellies (I think). And we did see some rays in the water, not too far out from the beach. We stayed out of the water.
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