Blue button jellyfish spotted recently on parts of Panama City Beach

Courtesy: Ricky Hill
Courtesy: Ricky Hill(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 27, 2018 at 6:18 PM CDT
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Some nuisance critters washed up on the east end of Panama City Beach Tuesday.

A few beachgoers sent us pictures of blue button jellyfish in the relatively clear water of the Gulf.

According to Scott Jackson with the UF IFAS Extension Office in Bay County and the Florida Sea Grant Program, wind and currents bring in the plankton closer to shore.

He said, while they have stinging cells, the sensitivity usually varies from person to person.

"They're a little bit different, the blue buttons are, from the Portuguese Man-of-War," Jackson explained. "They don't have nearly the power or the potency to cause much of a problem for interaction with humans. They're fascinating and pretty to look at."

We didn't get any reports of the jellyfish Wednesday.

Some people have also reported sea lice, or seabather's eruption, which are basically microscopic jellyfish larvae. It usually leads to a bad itch or rash underneath the swimsuit.

Scott said not wearing a t-shirt in the water and using a thicker sunscreen could keep the larvae from getting trapped.

Most of the sea lice reports have been farther west near Pensacola.

They tend to be most common in warm, summer waters and are more common in algae blooms.