Unusual sea creatures leave teen's legs bloody after swim

Teen Emerges From Beach With Bloodied Legs After A Quick Dip

Sam Kanizay, 16, soaked his legs at Brighton's Dendy Street Beach after playing football on Saturday, soon after he emerged from the water his legs were covered in blood. "It was cold, so I expected my legs to go numb".

They are tiny carnivorous crustaceans which feed on dead marine creatures, which includes whales and even sea birds.

Doctors were left puzzled by the "pin-sized holes" in his legs and feet through which the blood seeped out, many of which required stitches.

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

A leading theory is that the teenager became a meal for scavenging sea lice.

"If it is sea lice, then it is a pretty dramatic example of it", said Mr. Poore.

"Maybe the strong westerly winds pushed them towards the shore and they congregated on the eastern side of the bay where Sam went", he said.

Alistair Poore, an expert on marine invertebrates from the University of New South Wales, agreed with the sea lice assessment levied by Keough.

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On the topic of recovery, Sam is still receiving treatment at Dandenong Hospital after doctors had trouble stopping the wounds from bleeding.

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

"The situation is really unusual and I don't think it's something people should be concerned about".

Doina Canta, who goes swimming with the Icebergers every morning off the beach where Sam got injured, says it could be a sting ray.

"We found thousands of little mite-type creatures in our net".

Some experts have said the bites were caused by sea lice, and Jarrod Kanizay later returned to the beach with a net to capture the flesh eaters and filmed a water-filled container with the sea lice after throwing in a raw steak - the parasites attacked the meat immediately. The bites can often go undetected for hours after they attack. The teen was taken to a nearby hospital, where the severity of the bleeding proved confounding for the staff.

Mr Kanizay took a video of dozens of the tiny bug-like creatures chomping on the chunks of meat.

Yikes. We'll let you know when researchers figure this one out. "Although usually resting buried in sand they are active swimmers when searching for food". "I felt what I thought was a tingling sensation, but this wasn't just tingling", said Monday the 16-year-old radio 3AW.

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