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


Sixteen-year-old Sam Kanizay from Brighton Beach, Melbourne had just come home from playing football and his legs were exhausted and very sore after all that exercise. It took nearly a day to stop the blood flow - Sam went to wet his legs at the beach at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the bleeding stopped on Sunday afternoon, he told Fairfax.

The father of a teen who was bitten by mystery sea critters at a Melbourne beach has posted a graphic video of the lice devouring raw steak.

According to report by the Guardian, Sam Kanizay's relatives said small marine creatures were eating his legs.

When Mr Kanizay couldn't stop the bleeding, he took his son to hospital, where staff were at a loss to explain what had happened.

The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to a marine biologist, Professor Michael Keough, who also said that sea lice were a possibility. Some blamed the vicious attack on wee crustaceans called isopods, or "sea lice", but experts are trying to clear up that error.

The 16-year-old said his ankles were covered in what looked like hundreds of little pin holes.

"They ate through Sam's skin and made it bleed profusely", he said. Doctors have no real idea could have caused the odd wounds, although one nurse thought that sea lice could be the culprit.

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

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Armed with a fishing net and a slab of fresh meat the following night, he headed back the beach and captured hundreds of the creatures he believes were responsible.

"I wasn't really thinking about being eaten".

Sam's not too anxious about it, though, and isn't going to avoid the ocean.

Cooling down after a footy match, teenager Sam Kanizay was soaking in waist-deep water at a Melbourne beach on Saturday evening when he began to feel what he thought were pins and needles in his legs.

Yikes. We'll let you know when researchers figure this one out.

'We've brought them home and they've just attached themselves to this meat.

'They're mite type creatures.

"The crustaceans would have swarmed off that piece of dead fish and unto his leg, he may have already had a cut perhaps and they were able to smell that wound or any chemicals that the wound was giving off". "Although usually resting buried in sand they are active swimmers when searching for food".