Vic teen's legs eaten by tiny sea animals

Mystery Sea Creatures Eat Melb Teen’s Legs ‘Cos Nightmares Do Come True

A Melbourne teenager who had gone for a dip at a beach came home with his blood soaked in blood.

When he emerged, he had blood streaming down his legs from tiny bites.

Sam Kanizay emerged from a Brighton Beach with his flesh devoured by sea lice.

"I went out to the same distance and same area that Sam was in, and we loaded the net up with some bloodied meat, some bones, and after 15 minutes I came out of the water", he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

Besides sea lice, creatures that could be blame for the teen's injuries include amphipods, jellyfish larvae and a stringray. Experts have said that the creatures filmed by the father are different from the ones who ate the skin of his son.

Yikes. We'll let you know when researchers figure this one out. But, when Sam Kanizay was walking out from the water, he saw his legs covered in blood.

Associate professor at Monash University's School of Biological Sciences Richard Reina said: "I suspect the reason why the wounds were so intense was because he was standing still for so long and his legs went numb".

'There was a massive pool of blood on the floor (at the hospital).

"They have chemo-receptors, so they can detect chemicals in the water and the chemicals given off by decaying meat or fish, so they're attracted to that smell".




Their size ranges from half a centimetre to 1cm and they are usually found in shallows and leave an itchy sensation if they come in contact with a person.

Nick Murray and his son Will entered the cold water, also in the month of August.

Sam's father Jarrod chose to return to the beach the following night armed with a pool net full of meat and managed to captured dozens of tiny bug-like creatures.

Sam definitely won't be going to the beach to take cold dips again and has chose to do it in a pool.

Mr Kanizay is still recovering in hospital after doctors struggled to control the bleeding from his legs and feet.

Sea lice and even marine leeches (isopod crustaceans) have been known to attack swimmers in large numbers.

"They are just little animals following their natural instinct and eating what they thought was a free meal", he said.

"There are a lot of bait fish around at the moment so whether there's some smaller creature that the bait fish are chasing".

"Some are active predators, and it's those and sometimes the scavenging ones that may bite".

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