Sea lice are the prime suspect.
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A Melbourne teen was attacked by sea creatures while waist deep at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton.
Sam Kanizay was sore from playing football and decided to have a soak in the bay on Saturday evening reports The Age.
After feeling a “tingling sensation”, Kanizay emerged from the water about half an hour later covered in blood from the knees down.
“My first instinct was that I must have stepped on a rock,” he told The Age. “But I realised that couldn’t have been it, because it was evenly distributed over my whole ankle and foot.”
Kanizay hobbled home and his father tried unsuccessfully to stop the bleeding. Kanizay was then driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.
By Sunday, doctors had still not found the cause for Kanizay’s bloody legs.
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A marine biologist told The Age that sea lice were a possibility but a local swimmer said that a sting ray might also have been a culprit. At this point, the jury is still out.
Kanizay’s father, Jarrod, returned to the ocean to catch the creatures that had a go at his son.
Jarrod posted a video of what he says are the culprits – sea lice. “What is really clear is these little things really love meat,” Jarrod said. In the video, sea lice are seen in a tray of water eating chunks of meat.
Jarrod told the Daily Mail Australia that the bleeding had stopped by Sunday and that he believed Sam would make a full recovery.
‘Sam is a stoic kid, so he will be fine,’ he said.
No doubt – it’s been 5 degrees at sundown at Dendy these past few days. If Sam can handle soaking in the ocean at those temperatures, he’s definitely got what it takes to beat these injuries.
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