Many Texans love visiting the Gulf of Mexico when the weather warms up. There are some great beaches and plenty of fun things to do along the coast. However, there are also some things that you need to be careful of when visiting the area, and one of those things is bristle worms.

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Texas Ranger Eric from the Mustang Island State Park posted a video to his TikTok warning possible visitors about these creepy critters. Bristle worms are sea creatures that have a gnarly sting that's even worse than any of the jellyfish you might encounter in the area.

While these worms aren’t necessarily aggressive, they're known to bite when handled. The bristles covering their body can penetrate skin and give a nasty sting.

If you're stung by one of these critters, you should soak the affected area in isopropyl alcohol or vinegar, remove any bristles that might be stuck in your skin, and visit your doctor if the sting becomes severely inflamed or starts burning.

Bristle worms are often found under rocks or on debris that washes up on the beach, so be careful when picking up rocks or handling anything you find in the sand.

The Texas ranger said that the bristle worm's sting is something that scares him even though he’s fine with a jellyfish sting. So, if you're planning to visit the Texas coast this summer, keep an eye out for any bristle worms and make sure you don’t get stung.

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