He Went Into The Ocean To Cool Off, One Look Down At Him In Horror…..

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They say that everything in Australia is trying to kill you.

There is much in the wilderness that is not in your best interest, including toxic plants, enormous spiders, and surprisingly aggressive kangaroos. It might also be attempting to kill you if you want to spend most of your Australian vacation on the water. As one teen was severely hurt in a way that will make her skin crawl and learned the hard way that the ocean is just as deadly as the land.

After playing soccer Sam Kanizay was out taking a knee-deep, in the ocean off a suburb of Melbourne, at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton when Sam felt something off, there was some tingly around his toes but didn’t think much of it.

Dendy Street Beach

And about 30 minutes later when he came out of the water, there was another odd sensation. But he just shook off his legs and continued on his way. However, as he looked down, he sees blood everywhere, and to his horror, he noticed the blood was dripping down on his feet. At first, he thought he had slipped on a rock, but then he noticed holes in his ankles. Horrifyingly, the rush of blood just got worse. He was then taken immediately to the hospital when it wouldn’t stop. And the moment the doctors broke the news, the 16 years old received the shock of his life.

Recalling the odd sensation he had experienced and ignored, Sam said, “I wasn’t really thinking about being eaten. I walked out of the water, saw what I thought was sand covering my ankles and lower calf so I just shook it off violently and it came off.”

“I didn’t really know what to think of it, it was a bit of a shock. A bit of a random thing to see,” he added.

Doctors and nurses were perplexed by the creatures that bit him, concluding they may be some form of sea lice. Sea lice feed on mucus, blood, and tissue of host fish, but marine biologists say they’ve never seen anything this vicious or immediate before in humans.

“My dad gave me this funny stare and I gave him a stare because we both just had no clue what was going on,” Sam said.

Sam continued to ooze blood from his legs 18 hours later, still lying in the hospital, and the doctors had no idea why.

However, his dad, Jarrod, took some raw meat out to the spot where Sam was swimming and captured more of the creatures so they can be sent off for testing.

However, what Jarrod captured weren’t sea lice at all, they instead looked like amphipods. These were not the same creatures that bit Sam, as amphipods aren’t known for biting humans, according to Alistair Poore, associate professor at the University of New South Wales. But, this did little to solve Sam’s mystery.

However, there’s really no way to tell at this point. Despite that Poore is still inclined to believe that sea lice caused Sam’s injuries.

Although he also believes Jarrod captured amphipods with his meat-filled pool net, “You can attract a lot of animals in the sea with raw meat,” Dr. Poore explained. “Even though it’s interesting, it doesn’t prove to me they were the ones that bit his legs.”

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Sources: Taphaps, TheSydneyMorningHerald, BBC






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