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Sixteen-year-old Sam Kanizay from Brighton Beach, Melbourne had just come home from playing football and his legs were exhausted and very sore after all that exercise.

When he went home, Kanizay tried to wash off the blood, but the bleeding did not stop.

Mysterious sea creatures that began eating a teenager's legs in Australia were identified as "sea fleas" on Monday.

Jarrod Kanizay, the Australian teenager's father, took Sam to a local hospital for emergency treatment for the wounds on his legs.

A leading theory is that the teenager became a meal for scavenging sea lice.

Sam could have been attacked by sea lice, stingrays or jellyfish larvae.

When speaking with 3AW journalists, the Melbourne youth said there were "hundreds" of "pin-sized bites" on both his feet and ankles.

Sam Kanizay had gone paddling in the sea in Melbourne to soak his legs but when he emerged he found his feet and ankles covered in hundreds of pin holes and bleeding profusely. Experts have said that the creatures filmed by the father are different from the ones who ate the skin of his son. Sea lice are usually parasites of fish.

Mr Kanizay said the bugs have been taken to hospital and tests will be conducted to determine the species. A pool of blood was formed on the floor at the hospital when his legs were wiped. "I really just think [Sam] was in the wrong place at the wrong time, probably".

'They're mite type creatures.

Sam Kanizay, 16, pulled up sore after playing footy, and suffered gruesome injuries to his lower legs and feet when he went to the beach to ice down at about 6.20pm on Saturday night, the Herald Sun reports. Doctors have struggled to explain what sort of bug caused the wounds, prompting Jarrod to take matters into his own hands.

"They are very good at finding food", he said.

The result is a stomach-churning video showing dozens of sea fleas devouring Jarrod Kanizay's bait.

Yikes. We'll let you know when researchers figure this one out. They've called a number of people, whether it's toxicity experts or marine experts and other medics around Melbourne at least ...

Despite the young boy's injury, Dr. Walker-Smith said that his case is unusual, possibly because he was standing still in the water instead of swimming, allowing the small animals to feed freely.


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