Mystery! Australian Man Emerges from Ocean with Ankles Covered in Blood

It’s winter in Australia. Shouldn’t the nasties in ocean water be hibernating or something? The experts don’t know what’s going on here.

Excerpt from The Telegraph

A teenager emerged from a beach in Australia with blood all over his legs after tiny sea bugs “ate through his skin”, leaving marine experts struggling to solve the identity the mysterious creatures.

In an incident likened to a scene from a horror film, Sam Kanizay, 16, went to Brighton beach in Melbourne on Saturday and spent 30 minutes standing in the water to sooth his legs after a football game. When he walked out, his legs were covered by creatures that are believed to be some form of flesh-eating bug.

“I walked out and saw what I thought was sand covering my calf and shook it off, and by the time I’d walked across the sand …. I looked down and noticed I had blood all over my ankles,” he told 3AW Radio.

“It took a while to get all the blood off and it came back pretty quickly… It sort of looked like hundreds of little pinholes or pin-sized bites distributed all over my ankle and the top of my foot.”

Jarrod Kanizay, Sam’s father, said his son was calm and not in any pain. But the family rushed him to hospital when it became clear that the blood “wasn’t washing away”.

“They ate through Sam’s skin and made it bleed profusely,” he said.

Mr Kanizay returned to the beach on Sunday night with a net filled with raw meat and captured tiny bugs which he believes were responsible. He then released a video of the creatures devouring the meat.

“What is really clear is these little things really love meat,” he said.

Experts have given mixed assessments of the identity of the bugs which attacked the 16-year-old, noting that the creatures filmed by Mr Kanizay may have been different to those which attacked his son.

Hospital officials initially told Sam they thought the creatures were a form of sea lice but “were all on Google and … had 10 different hypotheses” .

Richard Reina, an expert on marine biology at Monash University, agreed that the creatures were probably sea lice, noting that such attacks were “very rare” and that beachgoers should not be alarmed.

“When it happens you brush it off, or move, or get out of the water and there’s no consequence, whereas in this case, Sam was standing in cold water for quite a long time,” he told

“He probably thought the pins and needles he described was the cold and didn’t realise there were crustaceans chewing on his feet.”

Others said sea lice were unlikely to be the culprits as they were not known to launch such a vigorous attack.

Michael Brown, a marine expert, said he believed the creatures could be “jellyfish larvae”.

“I’ve been doing this for coming on 20 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told Channel Seven.

Jeff Weir, executive director of the Dolphin Research Institute, said the culprit was likely to be a type of amphipod, a tiny shrimp-like crustacean.

Mr Weir told ABC News he suffered a similar experience while on a night dive.

“It was very cold, probably, about this time of year, and when I got out of the water I realised my forehead was bleeding and parts of my cheeks were bleeding,” he said.

An American woman in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, went for a little ocean dip. The Daily Mail ran this photo of her leg a week ago, taken while she was ICU:

Adding to the danger posed by big sharks, we have the danger posed by tiny creatures. Maybe man is supposed to stay out of the water.

9 thoughts on “Mystery! Australian Man Emerges from Ocean with Ankles Covered in Blood

    • “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

      –Revelation 6:8 (KJV).

      • @Sob-A-Tear – I am not a Bible man, but man … with your latest quote you gave me a lot to think about … a lot …

  1. Oceans are nice for watching and listening to waves breaking on the shore, but that’s it.

    My brother came close to dying after being bitten or stung by what doctors thought to be a sea spider, but they are usually seen in the Antarctic and Mediterranean, so who knows. I was very young and don’t know the details or treatment used. Necrosis set in the area effected and in a coma over a month. So worried, my mother spent as much time as she could with him, even sleeping every night beside his hospital bed.

    Maybe, we should stay in our own habitat.

  2. Pain is a warning, even very mild pain. Standing still in fresh or salt water usually has some tiny creatures poking at ones skin, including small fish. Best to move and not stay still. This guy must have ignored a lot of pian, maybe his legs were very tired from the game. Had he taken any painkillers perhaps, as some sportspeople do? Painkillers could easily lead to something like this – where the pain is not felt. Same for being very drunk or on heroin etc, though this man would have been sober.

  3. Here’s a nice South American story…..never take a leak whilst swimming rivers there….a tiny catfish….the Candiru , homes in on the urine stream and up yr whatnot and lodges itself in yr urethra,anchored in with its dorsal spines…. you certainly can’t ignore that agony!!

  4. “…he told 3AW Radio.”

    When I first saw that, my brain read it as JAW Radio (as in JAWS, lol).

    Totally creepy for the teen but he had a smart father to take the net w/meat & go out there the next day to attempt to catch similar critters. His “catch” is probably more likely correct vs. all the “experts” who can’t make up their minds. I love how they said, “…such attacks were ‘very rare’ and that beachgoers should not be alarmed.” That’s what the officials said in the JAWS movie, as they did not want their $ummer Touri$t $ea$on Profit$ interrupted.

    Nice, play it loud!

    • If the song is “no fun” without the movie poster, here’s a good HD version of it:

      Funny comment there:

      “SPONGEBOB! QUICK! REEL IT IN BOY! CAN’T YOU HEAR THE MUSIC? It’s a 4/4 Four string Ostinato in D minor, Every sailor knows it means death.” 😀

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