Sand fleas hasn’t been a topic for a while so this is for the new members:
Be aware or be scared:
Sand fleas killed many of Columbus’s sailors. :-X
They are shrimp-like and spring up a foot or two and attach to your legs, or whatever is a couple of feet from the damp sand, bury their mouth parts under your skin and leave their abdomens sticking out to breath and defecate.
You don’t feel them for a day or so while they are digging in. Then you see a red spot and it’s itchy. Given a chance to have a look, they will have a black spot in the middle of the red circle. Covering that spot with any kind of grease/salve/oil/poltice/antibiotic cream will suffocate the little buggers in an hour or two but will require lots of rum and good intentions to refrain from scratching the itch.
Scratching this terrible itch results in infection and that’s what we come home with.
Big splotchy red wounds on our lower legs.
A really good reason to stay off the beach in the early morning, sunset and damp days. Or anytime near seaweed piles.
Walk the beaches with lots and lots of DEET on your lower legs and feet anywhere in the Caribbean.
Here’s a link for more info: