What ocean creature chewed up an Australian teen's feet?

Alan Olson
August 8, 2017

Kanizay said the blood was hard to get off his legs, and that it "came back pretty quickly".

When the Melbourne teenager got out of the water, his legs were all bloody and covered in what has been described as sea lice.

According to the Guardian Australia, Sam's dad said that once they got Sam's legs cleaned up, the bleeding would start immediately again and so they went straight to hospital.

Sam Kanizay, 16, was rushed to hospital after his father, Jarrod, realized they could not stop the bleeding.

University of Melbourne marine biologist Professor Michael Keough said sea fleas were a possibility.

"We had a few people guessing that it was sea lice, but no one really had any ideas", he said.

"It sort of looked like hundreds of little pin holes, or pin-type bites, distributed all over my ankle and the top of my foot", he told 3AW on Monday.

Australian teen Sam Kanizay's legs were chewed up by mysterious creatures at a beach near Melbourne, Australia.

"They ate through Sam's skin and made it bleed profusely", he said.

Sea lice feed on Atlantic salmon.

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You'll probably want to steer clear of the water for a while after witnessing poor Sam Kanizay's ocean ordeal.

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

She said that the teen likely had a cut on his foot that attracted the creatures to him, or he possibly stepped near a dead fish carcass where they were feeding. I didn't really know what to think of it.

"Me and Sammy Gilbert, we were actually on our way down to the beach and we got the email from Matt Hornsby, our fitness guy, and he told us not to go in", Stevens told reporters at Moorabbin on Monday.

Sam Kanizay, 16, told Australian network ABC News that he chose to soak his feet in the water off Dendy Street Beach in Brighton after a soccer match. "I've put meat into a net and they've grabbed on to that like no tomorrow".

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

At first, Jarrod said hospital staff were at a loss with what had happened when they first arrived.

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

Mr Kanizay took a video of dozens of the tiny bug-like creatures chomping on the chunks of flesh. "Although usually resting buried in sand they are active swimmers when searching for food".

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