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From: Steve Harris <>
Subject: Re: salmon
Date: 3 Apr 2005 16:28:04 -0700
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>>Sea lice feed on the flesh and the blood of the salmon and in large
numbers will weaken and eventually kill the fish. The parasite is not
known to harm people. <<


THIS type doesn't. But confusingly, many completely different critters
are popularly called sea lice. The salmon pest is a totally different
critter from the "sea lice" that causes the red-ant type stings under
swimsuits and wetsuits in the South Atlantic and Caribbean. Which
stings don't cause permanent harm, but aren't much fun. These "sea
lice" are actually jellyfish and other Cnidarian larvae. THEY bother
human swimmers but not salmon.


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