Mysterious Flesh-Eating Sea Lice Leave Teen's Legs Covered In Blood

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 7, 2017

Sam was still hospitalized on Monday, but had been taken off antibiotics. In truly not-ok news, Jarrod said staff also conducted a biopsy "to make sure there are no critters living inside". He's uploaded a sufficiently unsettling video of the sea lice ravaging a steak.

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

But the dozen or so winter regulars had "shrugged it off" and, despite the extreme cold, swam straight out as normal from the beach.

"They have sharp jaws, so the bite is quick and a bit painful, but nothing beyond that".

'As soon as we wiped them (his legs) down, they kept bleeding, ' he said.

Several regular stingrays are between one and 1.5 metres wide but Duckett does not believe they're risky. I've put meat into a net and they've grabbed on to that like no tomorrow, ' Mr Kanizay told Daily Mail Australia.

"The wound swelled up and he was in a lot of pain". When they bite humans, they usually leave tiny bites that can look like a rash.

Emerging from the water 30 minutes later, he saw under a street light that his legs were covered in blood from the calves down.

Forget sharks, fish, or even fiesty crustaceans, 'cause Kanizay walked away with a net full of sea lice.

He said he went home and took a shower without any unusual sensation.

Still in shock: Sam Kanizay's wounds were seeping blood at Dandenong Hospital on Sunday, 18 hours after he emerged from the bay at Brighton with bloody legs, possibly by tiny bay creatures.

Stevens said he was already aware of similar situations - meaning he'll think twice before jumping in next time.

UNSW Associate Professor, Alistair Poore, whose research covers ecology and evolution of marine organisms, believes sea lice were most likely responsible for the attack.

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

"They are not there to eat us, but sometimes they might take a little bit, like mosquitoes and leeches and other things out there in the environment", he told AFP.

Kanizay's father, Jarrod, told Fairfax Media that his son's mysterious condition had everyone in the hospital's emergency room "just fascinated, they were all on Google afterwards, hypothesising as to what happened".

"The little things attracted to the meat are small things called arthropods, not what we would normally call sea lice".

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