Tiny ‘meat-loving’ marine creatures ‘eat’ teenager’s legs at Melbourne beach

Experts left stunned by possible sea lice bites after Sam Kanizay emerged from the beach at Brighton with severe bleeding

A Melbourne teen says his legs were covered in blood after they were feed by tiny marine creatures at a Victorian beach.

When Sam Kanizay, 16, felt sore after football on Saturday, he decided to soak his legs at Dendy Street beach in Brighton.

Half an hour afterward, he walked out covered in what his family said were tiny marine creatures feeing his legs.

When he got out, he described having sand on his legs, so he went back in the water, his father, Jarrod Kanizay, said.

He went back to his shoes and what he found was blood on his legs. They ate through Sams skin and made it hemorrhage profusely.

Sam Kanizay receives treatment at a Melbourne hospital. Photo: Jarrod Kanizay

University of New South Wales marine invertebrates expert, Alistair Poore, said he had never seen a example like it.

Poore told Guardian Australia the bite must have been caused by a marine invertebrate, most likely sea louse. But he said a great number of ocean lice would be needed to cause such extensive bleeding.

If it is sea lice, then it is a fairly dramatic example of it, Poore said.

He told often beachgoers mistook stinging from the remnants of jellyfish tentacles with bites. But Poore said the bleeding in this case appeared too severe for that scenario.

The adolescents parent couldnt halting the bleed and they went to hospital, where staff were at a loss to explain what had happened.

As soon as we wiped them[ his legs] down, they kept bleeding, he said.

There was a massive pond of blood on the floor[ at the hospital ]. No one knows what the beings are. Theyve called a number of people, whether its toxicity experts or marine exerts and other medics around Melbourne at least …[ and[ yep , no one[ knows ].

The next night, Kanizay went back to the beach with a pool net full of meat and captured the beings he told were responsible.

What is really clear is these interesting thing really love meat, he said of a video depicting the glitches in a tray of water devouring chunks of meat.

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