Mysterious Sea Creatures in Australia Chew Up Teenager's Legs

Phillip Butler
August 8, 2017

Sam Kanizay after the football game, went to "cool" exhausted legs on the beach, Dendy street in Brighton.

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

The latest to capture public attention - especially among people fascinated by Australia's long list of deadly animals - are the mysterious sea creatures that chewed and bloodied the legs of Sam Kanizay.

Kanizay's father Jarrod said the teenager was rushed to the hospital after he started bleeding profusely.

Some are speculating that sea lice were what attacked the teen.

When speaking with 3AW journalists, the Melbourne youth said there were "hundreds" of "pin-sized bites" on both his feet and ankles.

"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.

Even the hospital staff, at first, was unable to explain what exactly had caused Sam's legs to bleed so much.

"There was a massive pool of blood on the floor [at the hospital]".

Associate Professor Reina said sea fleas were common in waters but had a theory about why they may have been hanging around Brighton on the weekend.

"Me and Sammy Gilbert were actually on our way down to the beach and we got the email from Matt Hornsby, our fitness guy, telling us not to go in". When the bleeding wouldn't stop, he was taken to the hospital where they treated his wounds.

Sam Kanizay, 16, was soaking his legs at Dendy Street Beach to cool down after football on Saturday night when he felt his legs tingling.

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

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.

'They're mite type creatures.

She said the creatures do occasionally bite, but not with the severity that was evident in Kanizay's case.

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

In the video, Mr Kanizay added: "What is really clear is these little things really love meat". "Whether it's toxicity experts or marine exerts and other medics around Melbourne at one (knows)".

Dr Walker-Smith said the fleas were no cause of alarm but that swimmers should avoid swimming near dead fish which the fleas feed on.

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