When 16-year-old Sam Kanizay waded into the water off Brighton Beach late Saturday, it wasn't anything unusual for the Australian teen. It took nearly a day to stop the blood flow - Sam went to wet his legs at the beach at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the bleeding stopped on Sunday afternoon, he told Fairfax.
Mysterious sea creatures that began eating a teenager's legs in Australia were identified as "sea fleas" on Monday.
To investigate further, the boy's father, Jarrod Kanizay, returned to the spot his son was bitten and dangled some raw meat into the water to attract the critters.
Sea lice are parasitic creatures, called copepods, which feast on various fish species in the southern Pacific and in the Caribbean.
Jarrod posted a video of what he says are the culprits - sea lice.
LOCALS have got back in the water at a Melbourne beach where a teen was left bleeding profusely from both legs, likely to have been caused by thousands of tiny bites from sea fleas.
Alistair Poore, an expert on marine invertebrates from the University of New South Wales, agreed with the sea lice assessment levied by Keough. A pool of blood was formed on the floor at the hospital when his legs were wiped.
"They're there all the time; you could put a piece of meat in the water, anywhere in the bay, and you could find them", Dr Walker-Smith said.
"I think it's very rare", Mr Reina told news.com.au.
The video has been shared by a Melbourne father who said that his teenage son was attacked by those carnivores when he went for a dip.
Sam's legs wouldn't stop bleeding.
"No one knows what the creatures are".
Jarrod Kanizay took to the waters off the Dendy Street beach with a pool net last night, hoping to figure out what underwater monstrosity nibbled on his son Sam's legs. "What is really clear is these little things really love meat", he quipped as the animals devoted their attentions to the steak.
'We've brought them home and they've just attached themselves to this meat.
It's still unclear what caused them to swarm around Sam's legs, though.
The marine biologist had been on a night dive taking pictures under a nearby pier when he found his forehead and cheeks were bleeding when he resurfaced.
"They are small crustaceans that do bite into fish and into people, occasionally".