There are two very different kinds of sea lice
. The first are parasitic copepods
in the family
. They attach externally attach themselves to fish then feed on their skin, tissue and blood.
Sea lice is a major problem for both wild and commercially farmed salmon
as well as other
common salt water fish.
The second type of ‘sea lice’ is actually larvae
of thimble jellyfish
) that sting
when trapped beneath a bathing suit. Also know as seabathers eruption
, ‘sea lice’ are smaller than a grain of sand and common along the southern coast of Florida
and the Caribbean
islands between the months of March and July. Symptoms usually surface about four to ten hours after swimming in the ocean
and include a rash or large bumps where stung and intense itching
that can last up to two weeks. More severe reactions include fever, nausea, headaches and muscle spasms.