We expect most dangers at the beach to be found under the water, and aside from sharp sea shells, cranky crabs or beached jellyfish people don’t feel the need to watch out while they walk down the shore.
But Australian teen Sam Kanizay discovered another beach danger he was unaware of until they’d chewed his legs bloody raw- sea fleas:
“I walked out of the water, saw what I thought was sand covering my ankles below my calf, shook it off quite violently, and it came off,” he told CNN affiliate Seven Network Australia. But what he shook from his legs wasn’t sand.“We thought we better clean off this bit of blood and then realized it wasn’t washing away,” Jane Kanizay, Sam’s mother, told Seven News.“There was no stopping the bleeding,” his father told the Washington Post. “We just had to get him to hospital.”At the local hospital, doctors attempted to stem the flow of blood, but it continued to run from the many pinhole-size bites on Sam’s feet and legs.Sam said his pain was “up to an eight out of 10,” his father told the Post, adding that hospital staff were baffled by his injury.
Sea fleas are amphipods, a type of naturally-occurring scavenger that normally only dine on dead things, so the reason why they chewed up Sam’s legs so badly is still a mystery.
But Sam’s dad Jarrod wanted to conduct his own investigation, so he took some raw meat down to the site where Sam was chewed up by the swarm and shot this disturbing footage: