Mystery creatures leave Australian teen's feet bloody after wading in ocean

08 August, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Still bleeding Sam Kanizay's wounds were still seeping blood on Sunday afternoon while doctors tried to work out what

All the teenager did was step into the water, and it left him bleeding profusely.

After an intense football match Saturday in Australia, 16-year-old Sam Kanizay dipped his legs into the chilly waters off Melbourne's coast, hoping to soothe his sore muscles. However, when he walked out, his legs were covered in blood after they were "eaten" by, what his family said were, tiny marine creatures.

Jarrod Kanizay said his son arrived home with what "looked like a war injury" and that his legs would not stop bleeding.

He said he was considering putting a bloodied piece of meat in the bay on Sunday night "to see if we can catch these things".

While sea fleas are suspected of being the creatures that bit Sam's legs, it's still unclear who is responsible for investigating the matter.

Although they don't cause lasting damage, they've caused us enough mental scaring for one evening and given Sam a day he'll probably never forget.

A video he took shows dozens of bugs in a tray of water devouring chunks of meat.

Still, the presence of these crustaceans in the water doesn't prove they are the ones that attacked Kanizay's ankles.

University of Melbourne marine biologist Professor Michael Keough told the Age that sea lice were a possibility.

"I think it's very rare", Mr Reina told

"They have sharp jaws, so the bite is quick and a bit painful, but nothing beyond that". "Blood covered both of my feet and I was leaving little pools (of blood) everywhere", he said. He placed a net full of raw meat in the ocean and was stunned to see hundreds of tiny creatures swarming around the portion.

Jarrod posted a video of what he says are the culprits - sea lice. When he got there, he decided he'd better not go inside, because the bleeding was so bad.

It's still unclear what caused them to swarm around Sam's legs, though.

"The sorts of animals that do it are always around to some degree". Sea lice are usually parasites of fish.

Sam remained hospitalized on Monday.

It was his father, Mr Jarrod Kanizay, who took the case in his hand and solved the mystery.

"There was a massive pool of blood on the floor", Mr Kanizay continued.

"They are small crustaceans that do bite into fish and into people, occasionally", Alistair Poore said. "Whether it's toxicity experts or marine exerts and other medics around Melbourne at one (knows)".

Sam was given painkillers and antibiotics and had blood tests.



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