SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Swimmers at a Florida Panhandle beach are dealing with painful rashes from stinging jellyfish larvae, more commonly known as "sea lice."
The News Herald (http://bit.ly/1TXqH79 ) reports the sea lice are almost invisible to the naked eye, but they leave an unmistakable sting. They've been reported along Walton County's Santa Rosa Beach this week.
Santa Rosa Beach is located in the panhandle of Florida, along the popular 30A Highway between Destin and Panama City, featuring Seaside Beach, Grayton Beach, and Watercolor.
Scott Jackson, a sea grant extension agent in nearby Bay County, says some scientists have compared the larvae to specks of pepper. They typically float harmlessly in the water, but sometimes they get trapped inside swimsuits. That's when they sting.
Jackson says they leave behind a rash or bumps on the skin. The rash is often called "ocean itch" and lasts from a couple hours to several days.