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'Sea lice' stinging swimmers off Gulf Coast beaches

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 
 Lesions associated with seabather's eruption, which is a skin reaction to the larvae of jellyfish and sea anemones. Extended areas of rash may be caused by larvae trapped by clothing or on areas of exposed skin.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Lesions associated with seabather's eruption, which is a skin reaction to the larvae of jellyfish and sea anemones. Extended areas of rash may be caused by larvae trapped by clothing or on areas of exposed skin.

To the dismay of beachgoers, sea lice are popping up all over Gulf Coast beaches.

While many sightings are along the panhandle, biologists say they expect to start seeing more move south along the coastline.

The microscopic 'sea lice,' aren't like head lice, but are actually jellyfish larvae, and while they are tiny, they still have the same stinging cells as a full grown jellyfish, and they'll leave a mark.

The rash they cause is called sunbather's eruption. Many times the sea lice will get caught beneath a swimmer's bathing suit. Because they sting like jellyfish, sunbathers eruption can be treated just like a jellyfish sting.

While they can be found throughout the year, sea lice are most active from the months of April through August.

If you think you can avoid sea lice by staying away in the surf, think again. Sea lice are microscopic and impossible to spot in the water.

Read more at The Clarion-Ledger.

It looks unreal, but this jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016 about 2.3 miles beneath the surface. At the beginning of the video, you'll see that the long tentacles are ev

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