Vic teen's legs eaten by tiny sea animals

Melbourne teen devoured by mystery sea creatures after going for a quick dip after footie

Melbourne teen devoured by mystery sea creatures after going for a quick dip after footie

Poore told Guardian Australia the biting must have been caused by a marine invertebrate, most likely sea lice.

While the Melbourne boy is in hospital and the incident remains a worry for Brighton beachgoers, Stevens was actually already mildly concerned about the issue.

Desperate for answers, his father Jarrod Kanizay returned to Brighton Beach on Sunday night armed with a pool net, wetsuit and pieces of steak.

In similar circumstances, the pair said they didn't feel any initial pain but realised they were bleeding after they emerged from the water.

He added: "We've brought them home and they've just attached themselves to this meat".

However, someone on Facebook (always the most reliable info source) suggested that the culprit was in fact sphaeromatid isopods, a wee crustacean that falls into the general and informal category of "sea lice" but has a real taste for flesh.

"We swim there every day and we're in the water for anything from 15 to 30 minutes, and no one's ever experienced anything like this", said Paul Duckett, whose been swimming at the beach since 2001.

No one is quite sure what attacked the teenager Sam but his curious father conducted an experiment on Sunday. "They pretty much had 10 different hypotheses but nothing yet".

However a fellow Iceberger had once stood on a stingray lying in the sand and got a barb through his foot.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for St Kilda football club says players sometimes use the beach for recovery, but says she hopes they don't this week.

But instead of a soothing swim, Sam's legs were devoured by mystery sea creatures.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said it couldn't become involved as the cause was yet to be identified.

But when he walked out half an hour later, they were covered in tiny marine creatures.

"You really need your feet for this game so we were advised not to go down there", he said. Alistair Poore from the University of New South Wales said that the video shows amphipods, not sea lice.

"If we didn't have them we would have a sea filled with dead and decaying fish". They're mostly less than a centimetre long, and so the bites they make are pretty small, and so that's more consistent with pinprick size marks. "And if he's standing in the water and he's cold [he] may not notice a whole lot of little bites".

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