Locals questioning theory that sea lice responsible for 'eating' teen's legs

Locals questioning theory that sea lice responsible for 'eating' teen's legs

Locals questioning theory that sea lice responsible for 'eating' teen's legs

Following the incident, the father went back to the beach to capture the creatures believed to be responsible.

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.

Sam's father Jarrod said the creatures "ate through Sam's skin" and left him bleeding profusely.

The leading theory was that Kanizay probably came in contact with sea lice, which are usually parasites of fish.

Sam could have been attacked by sea lice, stingrays or jellyfish larvae.

Yet, when Sam Kanizay, 16, chose to paddle in the sea near his home in Melbourne his legs became covered in blood and both he - and hospital staff - struggled to stem the bleeding.

Sam is still in Sandringham Hospital, but is now off antibiotics.

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

He went back to the beach with a meat-filled pool net and posted a video of his find: dozens of sea creatures munching away.

"I didn't really know what to think of it", he said.

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Paul Duckett, a regular swimmer at the beach, said he has swum there for sixteen years and never confronted any flesh-eating bugs.

"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".

'They're mite type creatures.

Sam Kazinay, 16, chose to soak his feet in the water at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton, Victoria, because they felt sore from playing football. The bites can often go undetected for hours after they attack.

While Hospital staff were at a loss to explain what had happened, his family have played detective.

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

"They are not there for us to eat, but it may happen that they are trying to help themselves to a few, such as mosquitoes, leeches, or other species present in the nature", he told AFP.

In the video, Mr Kanizay added: "What is really clear is these little things really love meat".

"I wonder if it was just that night, just that spot, at that particular time", Mr Murray said.

"They are very good at finding food", he said of the scavengers.

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