Mysterious sea creatures that 'ate' Aussie teen identified

Janie Parker
August 8, 2017

Sam Kanizay emerged from a dip at a Melbourne beach on Saturday night with his legs covered in blood seeping from dozens of tiny wounds on his calves and feet. You wade to shore after bathing at a Melbourne beach to find your legs are covered in blood.

The father of a Melbourne teenager who was "eaten" by sea creatures during an evening swim may have solved the mystery that has baffled medical experts.

Jarrod Kanizay, the teen's father, chose to take the investigation into his own hands, dropping a chunk of raw steak in water near the location of his son's attack. Some blamed the vicious attack on wee crustaceans called isopods, or "sea lice", but experts are trying to clear up that error. Keough also said the Australian teenager may have been cold from being in the Brighton ocean water and may not have noticed numerous little bites being made into his flesh, at first.

The incident comes nearly a year after a massive outbreak of tiny "sea lice" at Florida beaches.

Mr Kanizay said the bugs have been taken to hospital and tests will be conducted to determine the species.

"There was a massive pool of blood on the floor".

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.

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

"One would assume no and that he's going to be fine but we're taking every precaution".

Sam Kanizay, 16, told Australian network ABC News that he made a decision to soak his feet in the water off Dendy Street Beach in Brighton after a soccer match.

"It's possible that because there was so much bleeding it's indicating that they've possibly got some sort of anti-coagulant chemical that they're releasing, so a bit like when a leach bites you and it bleeds a lot, it just stops the blood clotting".

"We found thousands of little mite-type creatures in our net", Mr Kanizay said.

Jarrod told The Age that at Sandringham Hospital "We had the emergency room full of everybody that was working there just fascinated, the were all on Google afterwards, hypothesising as to what happened".

"No one knows what the creatures are". He dropped little hunks of meat into the water, and saw that they were promptly swarmed by tiny scavenging crustaceans, as shown in the YouTube video below.

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