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 news.com.au.
“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.
According to Science 2.0, the Mexicans must be using fecal matter as fertilizer or irrigating with water contaminated by fecal matter.
The reputation that Mexicans have for defecating in the fields is a common theme when water cooler talk turns to Mexican farm workers. See comic above. In all honesty, American farmers did the same thing, but would take the time to walk to nearby woods so as not to contaminate the crops.
Americans have been duped into allowing a significant part of our foodstuffs be supplied by Mexico. If you’d like a ray of hope, Mexico’s food safety record is probably better than China’s.
A deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas imported from Mexico sickened an additional 64 people and expanded to 16 U.S. states, federal health officials reported on Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the source of the salmonella outbreak was traced back to Caribena brand papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. In July, at least one New York City resident died. Another 35 people were hospitalized with salmonella as of Friday.
“When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out,” the CDC said.
People were first sickened after eating the fruit beginning on May 17, according to the CDC. The people infected were between ages less than 1 to 95.
Health officials tested the fruit found in the Mexican farm and identified five strands of salmonella that sickened at least 109 people.
“The agency is working to identify other brands of papayas that may have originated from Carica de Campeche and facilitate recalls,” the CDC reported.
A recall was already issued on July 26 for papayas distributed by Grande Produce. The fruit was sold in U.S. markets between July 10 and July 19. The FDA plans to test more papayas imported from Mexico to identify other possible farms with contaminated fruit.
The area where Russian president Vladimir Putin is vacationing is similar in appearance to the American state of Maine. Putin seems to be relaxed in the photos that the Russians have released. However, I’m sure the American press will find a way to spin Putin’s vacation as involving a plot to destroy American democracy by stealing another election. LOL.
See more photos and read the story at Business Insider.
Charles Hard Townes (July 28, 1915 – January 27, 2015) was an American physicist and inventor of the maser and laser. Townes worked on the theory and application of the maser, for which he obtained the fundamental patent, and other work in quantum electronics associated with both maser and laser devices. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics during 1964 with Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov. Charles was an advisor to the United States Government, meeting every US President from Harry Truman (1945) to Bill Clinton (1999).
He directed the US government Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Apollo flights, which was effective at making the program a success on schedule without exceeding its budget. After becoming a professor of the University of California at Berkeley during 1967, he began an astrophysical program that produced several important discoveries, for example the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Townes was religious and believed that science and religion are converging to provide a greater understanding of the nature and purpose of the universe.
Engineering and construction courtesy of that much demonized white race and Western civilization.
The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has been inaugurated in southern Switzerland, carrying hikers 1,620 feet across an Alpine ravine at a height of up to 300 feet.
It forms part of the Europaweg, part of a two-day mountain trail connecting the towns of Grächen and Zermatt, and saves walkers a long detour after a previous bridge was damaged by falling rocks.
The steel facility offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding Alps, but is only 25 inches wide and its grated surface means it is possible to look down into the Grabengufer ravine below.
The local tourism agency warned that the bridge, officially opened Saturday near the town of Randa, was “for hikers with no fear of heights.”
“The thrill of traversing the precipice is indescribable,” Zermatt Tourism said in a news release.
The bridge offers stunning views of the 14,783-foot Weisshorn — a mountain slightly taller than the more famous nearby Matterhorn.