Imagine thinking you’re simply going for a dip in the ocean only to emerge from the water with raw calves and feet that won’t stop bleeding. Your nice afternoon suddenly turns into a horror flick. That’s what happened to 16-year-old Sam Kanizay, who was bitten by mysterious sea creatures at a Melbourne beach on Saturday.
Not being in any pain, Kanizay calmly called his parents from outside his house and the three of them tried to hose the blood off. But the bleeding wouldn’t stop. That’s when his mother decided it was time to go to the hospital. Kanizay’s father returned to the beach to capture a sample of the minute critters who feasted on his son’s legs. He lured them into a net using little chunks of meat as bait.
WARNING: THIS IS SUPER GROSS.
According to Time.com, it was originally thought that Kanizay was the victim of hungry sea lice, tiny crustaceans that look more like bugs you’d find in your garden. The only issue with that theory is that sea lice leave rashes rather than bleeding wounds.
Associate professor at the University of New South Wales, Alistair Poore, told The New York Times that the creatures in Kanizay’s father’s video are amphipods, little critters usually not known to bite humans.
He believes that the sea lice perpetrators are most likely not any more aggressive than regular sea lice, but rather there’s just more of them in that particular area.
Whatever these critters may be, they’ve made us want to wear jeans to our next beach day.