Odd sea creatures leave teen's legs bloody after swim

Still in shock Sam Kanizay's wounds were seeping blood at Dandenong Hospital on Sunday 18 hours after he emerged from

Still in shock Sam Kanizay's wounds were seeping blood at Dandenong Hospital on Sunday 18 hours after he emerged from

Australian teen Sam Kanizay's legs were chewed up by mysterious creatures at a beach near Melbourne, Australia.

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.

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

Kanizay walked out of the water with his feet and ankles covered in what looked like hundreds of little pin holes that were bleeding profusely.

A teenager came out of the sea after going for a paddle off a beach in Victoria with his legs covered in blood after they were feasted upon by a shoal of "sea lice".

Sam Kanizay was immersed up to the waist on the beach of Brighton in the suburbs of Melbourne on Saturday night, remaining motionless in the water for thirty minutes.

Jeff Weir, executive director of the Dolphin Research Institute, believes the teen may have been attacked by parasitic crustaceans called amphipods, which usually eat decomposing plant and animal scraps.

The images of his feet and ankles (here and here) really are quite disturbing (you've been warned).

Mr Kanizay couldn't stop his son's legs bleeding and they went to hospital, where staff were at a loss to explain what had happened.

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Despite the young boy's injury, Dr. Walker-Smith said that his case is unusual, possibly because he was standing still in the water instead of swimming, allowing the small animals to feed freely.

Although they don't cause lasting damage, they've caused us enough mental scaring for one evening and given Sam a day he'll probably never forget.

"You really need your feet for this game so we were advised not to go down there", he said.

The family are seeking expert opinion to identify the flesh-eating bugs.

"But throughout the process, he's been really positive and happy ... he's in good health and we expect a full recovery".

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

Kanizay was still hospitalized on Monday, but had been taken off antibiotics.

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

A video below by Melbourne radio station 3AW shows sea lice taken from the beach on Sunday night, which looks scary, but it's important to note we still don't know if it was sea lice, or some other tiny sea monsters that caused Sam's injuries.

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