Sea Lice: Gross Thing Lurking In Florida Water Is Every Parent's Nightmare

09/27/2016 12:54 EDT

Florida residents and tourists better watch out. According to the Florida Department of Public Health, sea lice are infesting coastal waters and have been doing so for over a hundred years.

Sea lice, also known as beach lice or ocean itch, are not technically lice, but are a “microscopic larvae of marine life,” according to CNN. These incredibly tiny critters are known to cause rashes, bumps and flu-like symptoms.

Watch the video above to learn more about where sea lice is found and how you can minimize your risk.

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