GRAPHIC WARNING: Sea creatures feast on teenager's feet

Herbert Rhodes
August 8, 2017

On video, he caught hundreds of miniscule sea creatures devouring the steak - but it's uncertain if these are the culprits responsible for Sam Kanizay's injuries.

"Most people won't feel it because they move around quickly in the water. the lad must have been standing very still for quite a while (to be bitten)", he said.

Associate Professor Reina said sea fleas were common in waters but had a theory about why they may have been hanging around Brighton on the weekend.

He has since posted a stomach-churning video of the creatures feasting on chunks of raw meat.

Sam stated that he experienced some kind of tingling in his legs but believed it to be caused as his legs were sore after he played football.

They see sting rays "every day, either lying on the bottom or swimming underneath us".

Still, the presence of these crustaceans in the water doesn't prove they are the ones that attacked Kanizay's ankles.

University of Melbourne marine biologist Michael Keough said sea lice are "scavengers" that eat dead fish in the ocean and feed off of living tissue.

They were initially suggested to be sea lice but experts said it is unlikely they could cause such serious injuries.

Stevens said he was already aware of similar situations - meaning he'll think twice before jumping in next time. Typically, they descend upon carcasses of marine animals and munch away the meat, tiny-bite by tiny-bite.

Dr Poore said it was unusual to get "attacked to that level" by sea lice.

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"You know, nurses and doctors from the hospital weren't going to jump in and try to get these critters, right?" What would explain having so many in one spot, I don't know.

He added: "We've brought them home and they've just attached themselves to this meat".

"It's just food for them".

"The sorts of animals that do it are always around to some degree". Doctors have no real idea could have caused the odd wounds, although one nurse thought that sea lice could be the culprit.

Kanizay was then driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.

He told Channel Seven's Sunrise programme: "I've never seen anything like this".

You try staunch the bleeding but it won't stop.

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

Duckett, who's been swimming at Brighton since 2001, admitted "the amount of blood shown" in the photos of Sam was freaky and what had caused it was a mystery.

Sam is expected to make a full recovery without any permanent scarring.

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