MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Health Service is recommending a radical way to thwart sea lice, those nasty, stinging little critters that seasonally infest the Florida surf: Swim naked.
Sea lice actually are microscopic jellyfish that get trapped beneath the binding parts of swimsuits. They react defensively by injecting a venom that can cause a rash, also known as seabather's eruption.
No suit, no sting.
A three-page article on the problem in the current Public Health Reports, the official publication of the U.S. Health Service, made no mention of nude swimming. But the journal's editors offered this cheeky addendum:
"In the interest of good public health research and practice, we feel compelled to note that abandoning swimming garments altogether, usually referred to as 'nude bathing' or 'skinny dipping' might go a long way to reducing the occurrence of this disease."