You may never go back into the water after seeing what sea fleas did to one Australian teen's legs.
According to BuzzFeed, 16-year-old Sam Kanizay went swimming in the ocean at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton over the weekend. About half an hour later, he realized that his legs were covered in blood.
He walked home but continued to bleed. "My first instinct was that I must have stepped on a rock," he told The Age. "But I realized that couldn't have been it, because it was evenly distributed over my whole ankle and foot. I wasn't really thinking about being eaten."
While Sam stayed in the hospital, his father wanted to investigate what happened. He took some steak and threw it in the water and tons of mite-like bugs began devouring the meat. He trapped them and took them to a marine museum. According to Dr. Genefor Walker-Smith, who studied the bugs (see below), they are sea fleas. She believes the same insects attacked Sam.
She says that the occurence is rare and advises against panic. "I think this is quite a rare thing. I really just think [Sam] was in the wrong place at the wrong time, probably."
Still, Local sports clubs are taking precaution and telling members to stay clear from the beach.
[Photo: Facebook, Sam and Jarrod Kanizay]