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Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:11 PM

Sea Lice Outbreak Makes Ocean City Beach-Goers Miserable.

Swimmers at Ocean City beaches have been plagued by sea lice this week. The pests are actually the larvae of jellyfish and carry a sting.

OCEAN CITY, MD Swimmers at Ocean City beaches have been plagued by sea lice this week. The pests are actually the larvae of jellyfish and carry a sting. Which is awful timing when this weekend's forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the low 80s at the Eastern Shore.

The water infestation isn't limited to Ocean City, said the town's beach patrol on Facebook Thursday. "The Eastern Seaboard is experiencing this nature phenomenon. Sea lice is really larvae. They can get into bathing suits while swimming and cause discomfort. Our best advice is to rinse with fresh water," the patrol said.

Laura Gwyn of Potomac told The Baltimore Sun her two kids, ages 13 and 15, were stung by sea lice while swimming near 89th Street. They had heard about the sea lice, but decided to jump in when a lifeguard said that quickly rinsing off would get rid of the critters.

"They were fine for probably 10, 15 minutes," Gwyn said. Then, "they started losing their minds," and ran out of the ocean, scratching frantically, she said.'

https://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/sea-lice-outbreak-makes-ocean-city-beach-goers-miserable?



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elleng Aug 2018 OP
JoeOtterbein Aug 2018 #1
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elleng Aug 2018 #4
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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:17 PM

1. Darn, I'm supposed to spend some time nearby at Bethany, DE beach.

I was hoping on grabbing a few good waves while I'm there. Those little buggers can be a real kill-joy!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:22 PM

2. Sorry. We used to go there,

and my daughter just left OC , where she has a condo. They used the pool.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:42 PM

6. Hopefully they will drift out by the time I get there

the day after Labor Day.

I want some great waves to ride!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:26 PM

7. YES, I hope so!

Let us know about the waves you ride, will recall my old times!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:25 PM

3. Stink bugs, bed bugs, super lice. Now 'Sea Lice,' new one for me.

And I've lived in and visited OC and Delmarva since a kid. Ugh!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:28 PM

4. Just read about them, not really 'lice' or 'bugs,'

but 'the translucent creatures are almost invisible to the naked eye when they're in water, and they're actually the larvae of the thimble jellyfish.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:40 PM

5. Yep! They sting like little spikes. Almost as bad as the jellyfish.

They really sting!

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 01:05 AM

8. Got that part, thanks.

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