Mysterious creature eats teenager’s legs at an Australian coast
Warning: this article contains graphic images!
Just a little warning for all of you right now – pretty much all of this article is a little bit gross. Not because I’m a particularly crass writer or anything, there’s just quite a lot of blood and bugs. So if you’re not a fan of either of those, you might want to give this story a miss.
On a superficial level, insects and bugs really are the fuckers of the world. Obviously they keep the ecosystem in order simply by existing, as do most other things in the conceivable universe, but they don’t offer anything else. They’re not cute, cool or even particularly interesting. The insect episodes of Planet Earth and shows like that are always the worst and they leave us with a tingling feeling under are skin.
But if there was one place where you thought you’d be able to avoid bugs, it would be the sea, right? That or, like, a volcano. Well apparently not… not for the sea, anyway. There’s probably a shortage of flesh-eating insects inside an active volcano, I imagine.
This comes after a teenager was admitted into hospital after he was left with legs soaked in blood when flesh-eating bugs started having a go at his ankles when he was in the sea.
Sam Kanizay, 16, was playing football on the beach with his friends in Brighton, Melbourne (of course it was in Australia, where even the sea wants to eat you) when he went to cool off in the sea. Already it’s sounding like the plot of Jaws: Down Under, but it’s less dramatic than huge shark with possible psychic powers, a la Jaws 3.
When he came out of the sea a short while later, his legs where dripping with blood. He was rightly freaked out but he and his friends couldn’t work out what was going on.
He said he felt his legs tingling when he was in the water but put it down to the after effects of playing football. He then said:
“My first instinct was that I must have stepped on a rock. But I realised that couldn’t have been it, because it was evenly distributed over my whole ankle and foot.”
The bleeding didn’t stop so Sam went to hospital, but doctors there didn’t have a clue what was going on. Because of the tiny holes on his legs, they put it down to sea lice… because they’re a thing, apparently.
Sam’s father, Jarrod, took it upon himself to investigate and managed to catch a load of the lice without getting eaten, himself.
“I caught some bugs overnight in the bay. I’ve put meat into a net and they’ve grabbed onto that like no tomorrow.
We’ve brought them home and they’ve just attached themselves to this meat. They’ve sucked the life out of it.
They’re mite-type creatures. One would assume these are the bugs that have grabbed onto him in their thousands.”
He filmed the lice attacking the meat and has teken them to the hospital, where studies are being carried out.
Marine expert Michael Brown told Sunrise on Channel Seven:
“I’ve been doing this coming on 20 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this.“
So there you have it, now the sea is scary and not because of sharks.
You can’t even kill them with fire…
From: The Hook