Mysterious flesh-eating sea bugs leave teenager covered in blood

  • Mysterious flesh-eating sea bugs leave teenager covered in blood

Mysterious flesh-eating sea bugs leave teenager covered in blood

This handout picture taken and released by Jarrod Kanizay, father of Australian teenager Sam Kanizay, on August 7, 2017 shows Sam Kanizay with his injured feet waiting for medical aide at hospital in Melbourne.

"It's not a parasite I've ever come across", he told AAP. Doctors at the hospital initially could not understand what had caused the sores on the feet of the youngster who remained hospitalized.

According to reports, Sam's father Jarrod Kanizay said while his son was recovering in hospital, his family is still waiting for a response from doctors who are still examining the freaky creature.

Dr Walker-Smith said it was possible the amphipods contained an anti-coagulant - like leeches -which accounted for the inability to stem the flowing blood and that the very cold water might be the reason Sam did not feel the bites.

Unable to walk, the teenager was brought to a hospital suffering from "pin-sized holes" that were bleeding profusely. They typically scavenge on dead fish.

But Walker-Smith told the ABC's RN Breakfast program the amphipods posed no risk to the public and that it was safe to go back into the water.

The good news for a nation already filled with deadly animals is that you can stop having nightmares about swimming in the bay turning into a scene from the 1970s Piranha horror films.

"You'll probably find them floating in your drink at night....and then they end up drowning in your cup", he said.

"It looked really bad in the photo, his feet looked like they went through a mincer, but it's a superficial injury and more like a graze than anything else".

"I would expect and hope he will recover pretty quickly". Walker-Smith suggested some sea fleas might inject an anticoagulant into their food to prevent blood clotting.

His father, Mr Kanizay added: "It's a bit odd and adds to this all feeling a bit like a horror movie".

"I wonder if it was just that night, just that spot, at that particular time", Mr Murray said.

A spokesperson from Australia's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said sea fleas were a healthy part of the ecosystem but can be avoided by wearing a wetsuit, protective footwear, or not standing still for too long.

"They are just little animals following their natural instinct and eating what they thought was a free meal", he said. He added that people should not be so concerned. The name is broadly used to describe small external, parasitic crustaceans that feed on skin and blood or the larvae of jellyfish.