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Posted By: scubaron

sea grass? - 04/01/05 07:53 PM

The more we look at the forum, the more questions we come up with. Most of you have mentioned the non-swimability because of the sea grass. Can someone explain why this would be a problem? And what about sea lice? eek
Posted By: crockhunter

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 08:54 PM

Swimming is not a problem as long as you go in from a pier. I went everyday for a month in February. The grass is just not fun to walk in from shore. Sea lice? I know nothing about them.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 09:03 PM

Define "non-swimability". I swim off the beach all the time, walk on sea grass in bare feet when I'm fly-fishing or when I'm walking a windsurfer out off the beach. In the 2.5 years I've been on the island I've only cut my foot twice, both times in sand and both times while stepping off a windsurfer onto a broken piece of Conch.

The only thing wrong with sea grass is it feels "yucky" to some people, mainly those who worry about "nasty" things biting their feet.

There are those out there who are going to say it's too shallow to swim over the sea grass, if you find that to be the case walk up or down the beach a few hundred yards and you'll find a spot deep enough to swim.

The only caution about swimming is to not swim past the end of the dock in high boat traffic areas and even in low traffic areas keep a close watch out and don't stray too far from the end of the dock. A personal dive flag float towed behind is a great idea when snorkeling off the beach.

Sea lice or Pica Pica as it's called here is uncomfortable during the season but it won't kill you so for me it comes under the "suck it up category". I have about 5 spots of it right now and you just live with it. Even my friends who are DM's don't stop diving just because they itch a bit, and I've seen some good cases on them.

Bugs in your drink? Protein! (and occasionally tasty.) Throw caution to the wind, be adventurous and don't let a case of the willys interfere with enjoying the greatest place on earth.

Just my two cents...
Posted By: Phyllis&Ray

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 09:06 PM

You get sea grass on AC because of the reef from what I understand. Some places rake it up to make the beach area more pleasant. But from a pier swimming is just fine, can even do some snorkeling, some have sunken pots to attract fishes. During April/May there can be Pica Pica, not sea lice, but teeny tiny oganisms that can get in your suit and cause a rash. Have only seen one post about someone getting it so far this year, but we bring Safe Sea lotion just in case. Do a search on Pica Pica if you want to find out more.
Posted By: scubaron

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 09:19 PM

Thanks SimonB for your explicit info. Thanks P&R, thanks crockhunter, too. Is there a particuler time of the year the Pica Pica is a problem? And what about mosquitos? We'll be there in December for two weeks.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 09:25 PM

December mosquitoes depend on how much rain we've had and what direction the wind is blowing. Little rain and a decent breeze from the East keeps them away, lots of rain and Northwest breezes or no breeze brings them in. A little repellent on the ankles is usually good enough to keep them at bay (they love to hang out under tables.)

Pica Pica usually starts in April and goes through May into June but it did arrive a bit early this year, sometime around the 1st week of March. I haven't seen any major outbreaks yet.
Posted By: JungleT

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 11:03 PM

Hey gang, did some looking and found this from another post;

http://dermnetnz.org/arthropods/sea-bathers.html

Also, check thi site out;

http://www.lifestylesdirect.com/safesea/home.cfm?cfid=7177089&cftoken=95744234

6 more days til I return.
Posted By: robino

Re: sea grass? - 04/01/05 11:54 PM

it makes me kind of paranoid about going in the water. I met a women once down in the riveria maya and she was so stung she had huge welts all over her body and was in severe pain when trying to use the bathroom. she was unable to put clothes on for the rest of her trip and the Drs there couldn't do anything for her. It freaked us out but seemed like a very rare thing. How common is it? We're going with 2 young kids at the end of this month which is my main concern.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 12:18 AM

Never seen anything like that here, sounds like Man 'O War stings not Pica Pica.
Posted By: JeanH

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 01:04 AM

Or if it was from Pica Pica, it was an individual allergic reaction. Some people can't take penicillin either, doesn't keep the rest of us from being able to enjoy its benefits. Jean
Posted By: scubaron

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 01:30 AM

WOW! Sounds like it's better not to get these buggers! But like anything, if you worried about every little thing, you'd probably never go anywhere, or do anything at all. Just do stuff and enjoy yourself. THanks to all for your information.

Also, I see that several people have suggested SeaSafe. eek
Posted By: FloridaBeachBum

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 03:39 PM

FYI, Seasafe can be purchased at your local Dive shop for around $13. I already have a bottle for my upcoming trip. Karen
Posted By: robino

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 10:09 PM

The minute I read about the possibility, I got on line and ordered a bottle of seasafe and had it at my house 2 days later. Nothing is going to stop me! and anyway I'll be on liquid pain killers all week with a blender in my room and no agenda!
Posted By: LBI Jerseyboy

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 11:08 PM

FBB, How many ounces is the seasafe bottle, and how many applications do get per? Thanks
Posted By: LBI Jerseyboy

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 11:08 PM

you get per? sorry
Posted By: seashell

Re: sea grass? - 04/02/05 11:16 PM

www.nidaria.com
Posted By: FloridaBeachBum

Re: sea grass? - 04/04/05 03:55 AM

LBI, There probably are different size bottles, but I have a 4oz dose. Not sure how many applications you can get, I guess it would depend on how thick you put it on. Instructions say "apply liberally to ARMS & LEGS, and all exposed areas 10 minutes before entering water." I'd say if you're there for a couple weeks and plan on using it everyday you'll need a couple bottles. Sounds as if spending a few extra bucks on a bottle could be well worth the expense. cool Karen
Posted By: tincup

Re: sea grass? - 04/04/05 04:32 AM

I saw Seasafe for sale at the new grocery store at Captain Morgans! Sorry, but can't remember the price.
Posted By: wannaBEthere

Re: sea grass? - 04/04/05 01:19 PM

We brought some sea safe with us lat year. Was soooo excited about going snorkling for the first time, never thought to use it - no pica pica to be found even though there had been post about some folks coming in contact with it.

The seagrass we saw just hides the scary "stuff" that is highlighted in made for TV movies eek

Hi Tincup...
I'm the Pastor's wife that you met at the pool. We're coming back mid-May, hopefully we can connect and you can update me on your how your new venture is coming along laugh
Posted By: scubaron

Re: sea grass? - 04/04/05 03:52 PM

Good morning everyone!

thanks for all the info on Sea Safe, Sea grass, and the liklihood of monsters within the sea grass. Attack of the Killer Sea Urchin! StingRays do AC!, or PicaPica Downunder! LOL
Posted By: wannaBEthere

Re: sea grass? - 04/05/05 03:56 AM

Pica Pica Downunder - "ohhh myyyy"
eek
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