'Mystery critters' suspected of eating holes in boy's feet on Australian beach

'Mystery critters' suspected of eating holes in boy's feet on Australian beach

'Mystery critters' suspected of eating holes in boy's feet on Australian beach

"I suspect the reason why the wounds were so intense was because he was standing still for so long and his legs went numb".

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 chunks of raw meat.

The boy was immediately taken to a hospital, where staff members were mystified by the "pin-sized holes" all over his legs, Jarrod said.

Jarrod Kanizay, the teen's father, made a decision to take the investigation into his own hands, dropping a chunk of raw steak in water near the location of his son's attack.

University of Melbourne marine biologist Professor Michael Keough said sea fleas were a possibility.

Sam Kanizay, speaking from a hospital bed, told local media he went waist-deep into the ocean at Brighton Beach in Melbourne after playing soccer, and emerged 30 minutes later to find his knee and ankles bleeding profusely.

"They are not there to eat us, but sometimes they might take a little bit, like mosquitoes and leeches and other things out there in the environment", he said.

One nurse advised the bites could be from sea lice, but it was no more than a "guess".

Poore added that id sea lice were the cause of Sam Kanizay's injuries, it was a "pretty dramatic example" of an attack by the minuscule flesh-eating sea creatures.

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"There was a massive pool of blood on the floor".

"One would assume no and that he's going to be fine but we're taking every precaution".

Sam Kanizay, 16, was soaking his legs at Dendy Street Beach to cool down after football on Saturday night when he felt his legs tingling. At first, he assumed the bleeding must've been because he cut himself on a rock, but then the bleeding wouldn't stop.

After examining some of the caught creatures, scientists at Museums Victoria identified them as lysianassid amphipods.

"The crustaceans would have swarmed off that piece of dead fish and unto his leg, he may have already had a cut perhaps and they were able to smell that wound or any chemicals that the wound was giving off".

They soaked the foot in hot water, cleaned the wound and took the man to hospital, but there wasn't much bleeding.

'We've brought them home and they've just attached themselves to this meat.

"What we found is they were very attracted to red meat, they went straight for it".

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