Aus­tralian teen’s feet blood­ied by mys­tery sea crea­tures

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

MEL­BOURNE, AUS­TRALIA — A 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 play­ing a game of foot­ball on Sat­ur­day, so he de­cided to soak them at the beach. About 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. Upon re­turn­ing home, his par­ents promptly took him to the hos­pi­tal.

Kanizay’s fa­ther, Jarrod, said hos­pi­tal staff had no idea what kind of crea­ture could have caused the in­juries. So the fa­ther 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. He took a video of dozens of the tiny bug­like crea­tures chomp­ing on the chunks of meat.

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

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

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

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 pro­gram.

Sam was still in hos­pi­tal Mon­day, but had been taken off an­tibi­otics.


Sam Kanizay went for a swim at a Mel­bourne beach and emerged with his feet cov­ered in blood.

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