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An Australian Teenager's Legs Were Eaten By Sea Fleas And Everyone Is Traumatised

I feel ill. Warning: This article contains graphic images.

This is 16-year-old Australian teenager Sam Kanizay. On Saturday, he decided to cool off after football with a quick dip in the ocean at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton (a suburb in Melbourne).

After about half an hour in the water Sam's legs felt numb and tingly, but he assumed it was from playing sport. When he emerged from the sea, however, he noticed his legs were covered in blood.

Sam walked home and washed the blood from his legs but they wouldn't stop bleeding – so his father, Jarrod, drove him to hospital.

Sam's wounds continued to bleed throughout Sunday and he remained in hospital on Monday.

Bothered by the mystery surrounding his son's wounds, Jarrod returned to the beach with some raw steak and a net.

And what he found might keep you out of the ocean for a while.

SEA FLEAS! Sam's legs were probably eaten by sea fleas!

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"We found thousands of little mite-type creatures in our net," Jarrod told The Age. "We put them in an Esky and brought them home and looked at them intently and let them swim in white dishes with red meat.

"Interestingly, overnight they've essentially all clung to the meat and have been busy overnight eating it."

Museum Victoria marine scientist Dr Genefor​ Walker-Smith examined the bugs caught by Jarrod and thinks they are sea fleas.

Sam's story caused quite the reaction within the local community in Brighton.

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Members of local sports clubs were given advice to stay out of the water until the mystery was solved, and many locals said they were hesitant to return to the water even after discovering what caused Sam's injuries.

And people were also freaking out on social media.

@Marc_McHardy @lqpharriet Yeah, I'm adding "bleeding out due to giant sea fleas" to my list of nightmare scenarios.

Dear god! Aussy teen attacked by sea fleas suffers "war-like" injury. Apparently we not to be alarmed. Too late.… https://t.co/MXjKA7EuHJ

@BBCWorld This lad looks for cool, like was nothing. I'd be fainting, for sure. What the heck, Australia? Even our sea fleas are deadly.

as if australia wasnt dangerous enough, now we have microscopic flesh eating sea fleas that live in sand on beaches noice

Just read the words 'sea fleas' and I honestly want to have a bleach bath