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Bloodied Melbourne teen ‘eaten’ by mystery sea creatures

Bloodied Melbourne teen ‘eaten’ by mystery sea creatures

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Locals have got back in the water at a Melbourne beach where a teen was left bleeding profusely from both legs, questioning the theory that sea lice might be to blame.

Sam Kanizay, 16, emerged from the water at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton, in Melbourne’s southeast, on Saturday covered in what his family said were tiny marine creatures eating his legs.

Doctors later struggled to stem the bleeding from scores of what looked like tiny pink-prick bites.

His father has since posted a sickening video of the creatures — scooped out of the water with a net and believed to be sea lice — feasting on chuncks of raw meat.

Local swimmer Paul Duckett said he’d never seen anything like it, despite daily swims at the same spot for the last 16 years.

“We swim there every day and we’re in the water for anything from 15 to 30 minutes, and no one’s ever experienced anything like this,” he told Fairfax Media.

“This was a first, so that’s why I query whether it’s sea lice or some other creature that have caused the issue.”

Sam Kanizay’s legs were covered with blood when he emerged from the water. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

Sam Kanizay’s legs were covered with blood when he emerged from the water. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

Sam Kanizay in a Melbourne Hospital after sustaining suspected bites from 'tiny marine creatures' at a local bay. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

Sam Kanizay in a Melbourne Hospital after sustaining suspected bites from ‘tiny marine creatures’ at a local bay. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

Sam’s father Jarrod Kanizay said while his son was recovering in hospital, the family was waiting for answers. Doctors had so far been at a loss to explain what had eaten through Sam’s skin.

“No one knows what the creatures are. They’ve called a number of people, whether it’s toxicity experts or marine exerts and other medics around Melbourne at least … (and) yep, no one (knows),” he said.

“When he got out, he described having sand on his legs, so he went back in the water.

“He went back to his shoes and what he found was blood on his legs.

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

“There was a massive pool of blood on the floor (at the hospital).

University of Melbourne marine biologist Professor Michael Keough said if sea lice were the culprits, Sam might not have been able to feel them biting him because of the cold.

“They’re scavengers who’ll clean up dead fish and feed on living tissue,” Professor Keough tolf Fairfax.

“It’s just food for them. Especially if he’s been standing around for a long time, it’s the chance for more of them to come in and start biting.”

The night after Sam’s attack, Mr Kanizay went back to the beach with a pool net full of meat and captured the creatures he said were responsible.

“What is really clear is these little things really love meat,” he said of a video, shared with AAP, showing the bugs in a tray of water devouring chunks of meat.

There have been suggestions the creature could be sea lice.

The teen had been ‘eaten’ by the mystery sea creatures. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

The teen had been ‘eaten’ by the mystery sea creatures. Picture: Jarrod Kanizay/AAPSource:AAP

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