Australian Teen Recovering From Thousands Of 'Sea Lice' Bites

ReutersNewsPublished: August 8, 20171,941 views
Published: August 8, 2017

An Australian teenager named Sam Kanizay is recovering in hospital after being severely bitten by what researchers believe to be amphipods, a type of sea scavenging crustacean, commonly known as sea lice. Graham Mackay reports. The 16-year-old was walking through the water off Brighton Beach in Australia and he noticed he was bleeding heavily from tiny bites on his legs when he came out.

When he ran home to his father, Jarrod Kanizay, who had been living in the area for 20 years, he had no idea what could be the cause of these bites. Friends and neighbors couldn’t help them either.

Determined to get to the bottom of this, the father came back to the location where his son had been, dressed in a wetsuit to protect his skin and armed with a pool net and some raw meat. Suddenly thousands and tiny, 2 millimeter creatures came to the meat. He caught some and took them to a marine biologist, who identified them as “sea fleas”.

The biologist said that the crustaceans aren’t actually sitting in the shallows and waiting for prey, like piranhas; the boy must have disturbed a feeding group, so they retaliated by leaving their carcass and latching onto the boy’s legs.

The boy is expected to make a full recovery very soon. This was just an isolated incident, so do not worry about going into the sea when in Australia.

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