Australian teenager’s feet left inexplicably bloodied after swim

Experts dumbfounded after boy’s feet covered in what looked like hundreds of little pin holes

Australian teen Sam Kanizay is recovering in hospital after being severely bitten by marine creatures. The 16-year-old was attacked by what experts believe to be amphipods, a type of sea scavenging crustacean, commonly known as sea lice.

 

An Australian teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.

Sam Kanizay’s legs felt sore after he played a game of football on Saturday, so he decided to soak them at the beach.

Around 30 minutes later, the 16-year-old walked out of the water with his feet and ankles covered in what looked like hundreds of little pin holes that were bleeding profusely.

In this picture taken on August 5th, 2017 at the waiting room of Sandringham Hospital in Melbourne, Sam Kanizay lays in a bed with his feet bleeding. Photograph: Jarrod Kanizay via AP

When he returned home, his parents promptly took him to the hospital.

Sam’s father Jarrod Kanizay said hospital staff had no idea what kind of creature could have caused the injuries, so he went back to the beach the following night with a pool net full of meat and captured the animals he believes could have been responsible.

Mr Kanizay took a video of dozens of the tiny bug-like creatures chomping on the chunks of meat.

In this picture taken Saturday, Kanizay's feet are seen covered in what looked like hundreds of bleeding little pin holes. Photograph:Jarrod Kanizay via AP

“What is really clear is these little things really love meat,” he said.

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

However, Thomas Cribb, a parasite expert from the University of Queensland, said it would be very unusual for amphipods to cause such extensive bleeding.

Sam Kanizay’s legs of are seen on a bed of a hospital where he is being treated in Melbourne. Photograph: Australia Pool via AP
Sam Kanizay’s legs of are seen on a bed of a hospital where he is being treated in Melbourne. Photograph: Australia Pool via AP

“It’s not a parasite I’ve ever come across,” he said.

Meanwhile, marine expert Michael Brown believes the small bugs eating the meat in the video could be jellyfish larvae.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told Channel Seven’s Sunrise programme.

AP