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Old April 7th, 2004, 11:21 AM
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Default sea lice and sand crabs

Okay, I've been reading about these nasty little critters and I'm all in a tizzy!

First, the sand crabs. I've read something about they're worse when there's been seaweed washed ashore. Has anyone had experiences with these in the Eastern Carribean?

Secondly, the dreaded sea lice. I've read they're worse from May to July (naturally, when I'm sailing!). They don't like when you rinse off with cold water after emerging from the ocean. Has anyone run into these in the Eastern Carribean? I'm SO paranoid about these.

I'm taking my benadryl, calamine lotion, hydrocortizone cream - what else can I do to prevent run-ins with these critters, or relieve the problems if I am unfortunate enough to encounter them?

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Old April 7th, 2004, 11:43 AM
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Sea Lice... I didn't run into any when we snorkeled in Nassau and St. Thomas. However I use to run into them all the time when I SCUBA dove in West Palm/Miami. There are a few easy ways to lessen the impact, first you can buy whats called a "skin" from any snorkeling/watersports/dive shop... they run between $20-$60.00 depending on what kind you want. The cheapy will work. It looks like a wetsuit but it is made from lycra similar to bathing suit material. This will keep Sealice and Sun Burns away. =o)
If you get sea lice its not really that bad, its not like "lice" in your hair. They are jelly fish eggs that get into your skin and you only really feel them when you shower in fresh water. A quick way to get rid of the sting these cause is to use vinegar. Or this may sound gross but in a bind another acidy liquid that we carry with us all the time will work.... if you get the drift.
They really aren't that bad and will go away quickly, like I said they are only aggrivated by fresh water.
BE SURE to wear plenty of sun block and reapply often in St. Thomas the sun was Brutale! We got blisters withen a 1/2 hours time... except me in my "skin"... =o)
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Old April 7th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: sea lice and sand crabs

We've never had any problems anywhere in the Caribbean BUT we normally only cruise in the winter months. There were some "sand fleas" in Roatan this past January but 100% Deet for Outdoors took care of that.

For Sea Lice and Sand Crabs there is a product called "SEA SAFE". Friends with a house in St. Croix tell me it works great. (Like you, I was interested and wanted to know if there would be a problem. )
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Old April 7th, 2004, 12:33 PM
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Default Re: sea lice and sand crabs

Sorry but ALSO: These folks are almost "nutty" about everyone taking a "fresh water" shower as soon as possible after being in the ocean. Hope this helps!
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