Mystery of teen's legs being 'chewed up' in the sea

  • Mystery of teen's legs being 'chewed up' in the sea

Mystery of teen's legs being 'chewed up' in the sea

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That's a lesson Australian teen Sam Kanizay learned the hard way when he took a quick dip on a beach in Melbourne.

Thousands of wounds finally stopped bleeding after Sam's bandages were taken off on Tuesday.

The teenager had been standing in the water after playing soccer.

"Sam's got his headphones in listening to music and chatting to friends on Instagram - and all the while his legs are being eaten". I felt what I thought was pins and needles but maybe it wasn't just pins and needles.

He told Daily Mail Australia: "I was saying you're an idiot, Mum, but blow me down she was partially right".

Since news of the teenager's injury, a flurry of speculation has arisen on just what exactly nibbled on Kanizay's flesh.

But how likely is it that it could it be flesh-eating sea lice? They're more commonly found attached to fish and large numbers can cause severe damage on fish by opening wounds.

Washing the blood off his legs in the shower did little to stem the flow from what his family believed was an attack by sea lice.

To see what was in the water, Kanizay's father went back to the water and dropped in raw meat and captured the creatures in a vial. "If it's sea lice, then it's a pretty dramatic example", said A. Poore.

Amphipods are "naturally-occurring scavengers" known to bite.

"Amphipods are sometimes referred to as "sea fleas"," Museums Victoria said. She wasn't surprised the boy's father was able to catch so many by sticking a piece of meat in the water.

"There's no need to stay out of the water", Reina wrote.

The crustaceans are related to shrimp and lobster and there are about 10,000 species of them, he said.

However another expert, Dr Murray Thomson from the University of Sydney, said he believed the creature was another type of crustacean, an isopod called cirolana harfordi.

Norenburg remains skeptical that this is the case.

"I've never heard of this happening in Canada", he said.

Sam is not the first Melburnian attacked by sea fleas. The video only proves that sea fleas can frequent the same beach at which Kanizay was bitten.

"We all need to go into the water and celebrate the bay and use it", he said.

In 2015, a father and son experienced a similar but less severe injury when soaking their feet at the same beach.

The story of the boy with the bloody feet went round the world, with the Kanizays hearing from relatives who saw news reports in Slovenia, while it also made headlines in Norway, Sweden and Tanzania.

Sam's legs were left bleeding after a post-footy swim.

Well, things have only escalated after 16-year-old Sam Kanizay emerged from Brighton beach in Melbourne with his legs a bloody mess, after being attacked by flesh-eating sea critters.