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Vic teen's legs eaten by tiny sea animals

08 August 2017

A Melbourne teen was attacked by sea creatures while waist deep at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton.

Kanizay said. "I thought that someone had to solve the puzzle as to what had eaten Sam's legs".

According to the Alaska state Department of Fish and Game, sea lice are small, oval-shaped crustaceans that are often seen hanging on to salmon - they are parasites.

"[There were] hundreds of little pin-sized bites distributed all over my ankle and the top of my foot".

Thirty minutes: that's how long Sam Kanizay, a 16-year-old from Australia, spent dipping his legs in a local beach.

However, Associate Professor at Monash University's School of Biological Sciences Richard Reina is confident Sam's bites were caused by sea lice.

Kanizay revealed his experiment to hospital staff, telling The Age: "No one had seen anything like this before and they're all pretty fascinated by it".

"There was a massive pool of blood on the floor", Mr Kanizay continued.

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Jarrod took a net full of raw meat into the water, with his video showing hundreds of creatures attacking the meat.

"I didn't really know what to think of it, it was a bit of a shock".

"We got the email from Matt Hornsby, our fitness guy, and told us not to go in", Stevens said.

The amphipods may disperse an anti-coagulant when they bite, which would explain why it was so hard to stop the bleeding. "I've put meat into a net and they've grabbed on to that like no tomorrow".

Sam Kazinay, 16, made a decision to soak his feet in the water at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton, Victoria, because they felt sore from playing football.

"We caught thousands of little mite-type characters, we took them home in the Esky, and we were playing scientists for an hour thereafter, putting them in different dishes and feeding them different things".

"No one knows what the creatures are". They've called a number of people, whether it's toxicity experts or marine experts and other medics around Melbourne at least. He dropped little hunks of meat into the water, and saw that they were promptly swarmed by tiny scavenging crustaceans, as shown in the YouTube video below. He said, 'Dad, you better come down outside.' I said, 'Why?' He said, 'Just come down!'

Dr Walker-Smith said the fleas were no cause of alarm but that swimmers should avoid swimming near dead fish which the fleas feed on.

Vic teen's legs eaten by tiny sea animals