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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Sandhills North Carolina

    Sea Lice

    Sea lice aren't lice at all. They aren't even insects.

    Actually, they are tiny larvae of the thimble jelly fish.

    Sea lice stings typically occur when they become trapped between a bathing suit and skin.

    The best way to avoid being stung is to be aware of reports and also to wear skin-tight swimwear. The tight swimwear will prevent the sea lice from getting between your swimsuit and your skin.

    Symptoms of a sting include an itchy rash and small blisters. More severe reactions can include fever, chills, headache and nausea.

    If you are stung, take off your swim suit and take a shower.

    If a rash appears, use cooked oatmeal or calamine lotion over the area.

  2. #2
    We don't see a lot of those here in Arkansas, but it's still very interesting to read about. Thanks for posting.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Tampa, FL
    I encountered sea lice a dozen or so years ago @ Playalinda Beach / Canaveral Nat'l Seashore.......y'know, the clothing optional beach.

    There were gazillions of them swimming by while I was body surfing.....but no problems getting stung

  4. #4
    Interesting--I always knew them as these:

    We found them on salmon, mostly


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