BRIGHTON, Australia — If Jaws left you fearful of going into the water, this story about a much, much smaller predator may only reinforce your fright.
The Australian Associated Press reported on the case of Sam Kanizay, a Melbourne 16-year-old who spent about a half-hour soaking his legs, sore from sports, at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton on Saturday.
He emerged with his legs dripping in blood.
“As soon as we wiped [his legs] down, they kept bleeding,” Sam’s father, Jarrod Kanizay, told the AAP.
(Very graphic photo here.)
“They ate through Sam’s skin and made it bleed profusely.”
The head of the Dolphin Research Institute pointed the finger at another group of crustaceans called amphipods; another marine expert speculates it was jellyfish larvae.
As for Thomas Cribb, a parasite expert at the University of Queensland, “it’s not a parasite I’ve ever come across.”
In a quest to find the answer, Jarrod Kanizay headed for the beach Sunday night with a wetsuit, a pool net, and pieces of steak to use as bait, and captured “thousands of little mite-type creatures.” He has shared an unappetizing video of them noshing on the meat.
A marine biologist with Museums Victoria analyzed a sample taken by Kanizay and said they’re lysianassid amphipods, or sea fleas. He speculated they have a leech-like anti-coagulant that kept the blood flowing from Sam’s legs, and said the teen may not have felt the bites because of the chill of the winter water.
This article originally appeared on Newser: Teen Emerges From Sea With Legs Drenched in Blood
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