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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# Melbourne
'Mystery critters' suspected of eating holes in boy's feet on Australian beach
The boy, Sam Kanizay, went for a short dip and emerged with bloody feet.

A TEENAGE BOY is in hospital after suffering unusual injuries after going for a walk in the sea in Melbourne, Australia.

Sam Kanizay, aged 16, walked into the water and when he walked out his feet were covered in hundreds of little pin holes that were bleeding profusely.

The West newspaper reports that the boy decided to soak his legs at the Dendy Street Beach in Brighton, Melbourne, after a game of football.

But when he walked out of the sea a half-hour later, his feet and shins were covered in blood.

Australia Sea Creatures Attack AP / PA Images Sam Kanizay's bandaged feet and ankles. AP / PA Images / PA Images

He went to hospital, were staff were baffled by the injuries.

His father Jarrod Kanizay returned to the spot with meat in a net, and recorded footage that showed “critters” feeding on the meat.

The executive director of the Dolphin Research Institute, Jeff Weir, told The West that the critters are likely to be sea lice, or amphipods, which feed on decomposing plant and animal scraps.

However, a parasite expert also told the paper that it would be “really unusual” for amphipods to cause such an injury.  Other experts said the bleeding could have been caused by a stingray or jellyfish larvae.

Australia Sea Creatures Attack AP / PA Images Sam Kanizay, 16, holding a jar with creatures in it speaks from a bed of a hospital where he is treated, in Melbourne, Australia, AP / PA Images / PA Images

The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to a marine biologist, Professor Michael Keough, who also said that sea lice were a possibility.

For now, Kanizay is still receiving treatment, while experts analyse what exactly are the mysterious ‘sea critters’ that caused his injuries.

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