"Sea lice"

Kathy V. Hall kvhall at coqui.net
Sat May 8 18:11:30 EDT 1999

Dear Pam and others afflicted by seabather's eruption,

Dr. Alina Szmant and other researchers from the Univ. of Miami collaborated
in 1992 in the discovery that seabather's eruption, mistakenly thought to be
caused by "sea lice," was really caused by the stinging larvae of the
thimble jellyfish Linuche unquiculata.  The web site
http://www.fau.edu/safe/sea-lice.html is an excellent resource on the
subject; and includes photos of the organism and patients, and prevention
and treatment.  A site with additional treatment info. for various
bothersome marine critters is
http://www.scubadiving.com/training/medicine/booboos.shtml.  I was not able
to access this safety soap site, but it sounds promising
http://safetysoap.com/SeaLice/attentio.htm  (if anyone gets in let me know).

Kathy Hall
Victim in Puerto Rico

> From: Pam Muller <pmuller at seas.marine.usf.edu> 
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
> Subject: "Sea lice"
> Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 11:33:03 -0400 (EDT)
>Attention Researchers in the Florida Keys:
>Those charming little friends lovingly called "sea lice" are thick and
>pesky in the neuston in Keys waters these days.  
>What exactly are they?  I have heard everything from firecoral larvae to
>small jelly's.  Or can several types of tiny cnideria produce the same
>response in sensitive individuals?
>To quote an old song:  "Gonna need an ocean ----- of calamine lotion" 
>Happy scratching!
>Pamela Hallock Muller
>Department of Marine Science
>University of South Florida
>140 Seventh Avenue South
>St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
>pmuller at marine.usf.edu
>Phone: 727-553-1567
>FAX: 727-553-1189 	NOTE NEW AREA CODE!!!
>"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what
>nobody has thought."  - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi -

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