Experts left stunned by possible ocean louse bites after Sam Kanizay emerged from the beach at Brighton with severe bleeding

A Melbourne adolescent says his legs were covered in blood after they were eaten by tiny marine creatures at a Victorian beach.

When Sam Kanizay, 16, felt sore after football on Saturday, he decided to soak his legs at Dendy Street beach in Brighton.

Half an hour subsequently, he strolled out covered in what his family said were tiny marine animals eating his legs.

When he got out, he described having sand on his legs, so he went back in the water, his father, Jarrod Kanizay, said.

He went back to his shoes and what he found was blood on his legs. They feed through Sams skin and built it hemorrhage profusely.

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Sam Kanizay receives treatment at a Melbourne hospital. Photograph: Jarrod Kanizay

University of New South Wales marine invertebrates expert, Alistair Poore, said he had never seen a occurrence like it.

Poore told Guardian Australia the biting must have been caused by a marine invertebrate, most likely sea louse. But he said a large number of sea louse required to cause such extensive bleeding.

If it is sea lice, then it is a pretty dramatic example of it, Poore told.

He said often beachgoers misstep stinging from the remnants of jellyfish tentacles with bites. But Poore said the bleeding in this case appeared too severe for that scenario.

The teens father couldnt stop the bleeding and they went to hospital, where staff were at a loss to explain what had happened.BTAG 3 TT

As soon as we wiped them[ his leg] down, they kept bleed, he said.

RTAG 15 TTThere was a massive pool of blood on the floor[ at the hospital ]. No one knows what the beasts are. Theyve called a number of people, whether its toxicity experts or marine exerts and other medics around Melbourne at least …[ and[ yep , no one[ knows ]. RTAG 16 TTThe next night, Kanizay went back to the beach with a pool net full of meat and captured the beings he told were responsible.

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