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Boy Dips Feet In Water, Legs Turn Into Bloody Mess From Mystery Sea Creatures

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A teen who went wading at a beach with his father Saturday night was shocked when he left the water and found blood dripping down his legs. The teen suffered multiple bites from tiny sea creatures who were trying to eat him alive.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Kanizay had just finished a soccer match in Melbourne, Australia, and he and his dad decided to cool off a bit by wading about knee-deep at a beach. He enjoyed the dip in the fresh, cool water, even though he started to feel a little tingling around his legs. He didn’t think much of it.

“I wasn’t really thinking about being eaten,” he said.

A half hour after entering the water, Kanizay walked out onto the sand. “I walked out of the water, saw what I thought was sand covering my ankles and lower calf so I just shook it off violently and it came off.”

That’s when he noticed that blood was starting to drip down his ankles and feet. He was bleeding profusely, and it didn’t seem to want to stop.

“I didn’t really know what to think of it, it was a bit of a shock. A bit of a random thing to see.”

Jarrod Kanizay rushed his son to the hospital because he was unable to stop the bleeding. At first, doctors were baffled as to what had caused the injuries. Experts believe that it may have been scavenging sea lice, also known as isopods, munching on the teen's legs while he was wading.

“My dad gave me this funny stare and I gave him a stare because we both just had no clue what was going on,” Sam said.

The theory is a stretch, because usually sea lice leave tiny rashes. They don't normally cause blood. But Jarrod went back to where they were wading with a pool net and some meat, and took some video to see if he could catch the critters who did the damage. Sure enough, hordes of critters came rushing to devour the meat.

They weren't sea lice, according to Alistair Poore, associate professor at the University of New South Wales. The creatures in the video look like amphipods. Poore noted, however, that they're not known for biting humans. He doesn’t believe that these were the creatures that bit Sam.

"You can attract a lot of animals in the sea with raw meat," Dr. Poore told the Times. "Even though it’s interesting, it doesn’t prove to me they were the ones that bit his legs."

Poore still thinks that it was the sea lice that did the damage to Sam’s legs, but it’s going to be hard to tell at this point. It’s definitely an unusual case, though Sam is expected to recover.

Sam's parents are trying to get answers of what really injured their son. “I’d hate to see anyone else going through this. If we can prevent it for anyone else, that’s the aim of us talking to people,” said Jane Kanizay.

Source: Time, The Independent
Photos: The Independent Screenshot, John O'Neill/Wikimedia, ABC News, Melbourne News/Twitter, Screenshot

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