- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2017

An Australian teenager emerged from his local waters with massive bleeding to his calf muscles and feet, after he was attacked by carnivorous sea creatures and had to be taken to the hospital to treat the injuries

Sixteen-year-old Sam Kanizay went to go cool off after a soccer game in the waters of Brighton Beach, in Melbourne, when he started to feel a tingling sensation on his feet, the local newspaper The Age reported on Sunday.

When he emerged, he had blood streaming down his legs from tiny bites. When the bleeding wouldn’t stop, he was taken to the hospital where they treated his wounds.

The bites are believed to have come from sea fleas, scavenging amphipod crustaceans between half a centimeter to 1 centimeter in length, according to marine scientist Dr. Genefor Walker-Smith, the Age reported.

Dr. Walker-Smith had examined a sample of the tiny animals collected by Sam’s father, Jarrod Kanizay, who took them from the beach by tempting them with pieces of meat.

Video Mr. Kanizay took show the little creatures feasting on the bait.

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.

Sea fleas tend to feed on rotting fish or creatures on the sea floor. The 16-year-old was probably at the “wrong place at the wrong time,” and he unfortunately stepped into a swarm, Dr. Walker-Smith told The Age.

The beach remained open following the incident, the newspaper reported. A spokesman for the department of environment, land, water and planning said that sea fleas are a “common and natural part of a healthy marine ecosystem” and that they “keep our marine waters clean by consuming dead and dying marine animals.”


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