Sea lice found in Gulf waters

A minuscule creature has made things quite troublesome for beachgoers in Florida and Caribbean.

Children are especially susceptible to the sea lice stings.

The Florida Department of Public Health stated that these tiny organisms have infested Florida waters for over a century. The skin breakouts in humans is caused by the larvae of the thimble jellyfish or Linuche unguiculata. They may be visible to the naked eye, but these baby jellies disappear soon as they hit water, making them impossible to avoid. They can easily enter into bathing suits and get trapped there and started biting. Nobody is aware that he or she has been stung until the rash appears a day later. It can occur alongside fever, chills and headaches and become very itchy and red. That's when they sting. Anti-allergy drugs and anti-itch lotions are ideal for milder versions of the skin rash. Though cases of sea-lice biting have started, it would be too early to predict how widespread could be the infestation.

Many species of jellyfish swarm at irregular intervals - one year dotting the ocean surface with their brown, translucent bodies, and the next appearing to vanish entirely, Dr. Messing says.

Swimmers at a Florida Panhandle beach are dealing with painful rashes from stinging jellyfish larvae, more commonly known as "sea lice".

Sea lice, also known as beach lice, which sound like they are more relaxed and have better bodies than normal lice, are huge assholes. They aren't the kind of lice you may be thinking of. The creature is as small as the full stop at the end of this sentence.

Beach areas affected by sea lice are marked with purple flags.

According to Parks and Recreation officials for Palm Beach County, an area highly affected by sea lice, "Some people do experience a "prickling" sensation while in the water, though itching usually starts several hours after being in the water and lasts 2-4 days, but can last as long as two weeks!" according to Parks and Recreation officials for Palm Beach County, an area highly affected by sea lice.

Jackson says they leave behind a rash or bumps on the skin. Other seaside Florida counties will hang purple flags at beaches to signal the presence of marine pests such as sea lice.

  • Rogelio Lindsey