Carnivorous Sea Lice: This Will Make You Not Want To Ever Swim Again
Photo Credit:”Teenager Sam Kanizay lays in a bed with his feet bleeding. A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.” Photograph by: JARROD KANIZAY, AP
I have my own personal phobias about swimming in the ocean like, riding on a banana boat, falling off and a hungry shark is waiting on me somewhere nearby to have lunch. However, I never would have figured something like sea lice would be added to the list. This is definitely a health hazard.
An Australian teenager, Sam Kanizay decided to dip his legs in the water at a Brighton beach in Melbourne and found himself in a bit of a situation. About 30 minutes later he discovered some unseen species had been snacking on his feet. When he emerged from the water he was bleeding profusely. The 16 year old boy was rushed to a local medical facility and staff members couldn’t come up with an explanation as to what caused the bleeding. The boy’s father, Jarrod was adamant about finding out exactly what happened to his son. So, Jarrod went back out to the ocean where Sam had been to investigate. He threw a piece of raw meat into the water and when he pulled it back out it was crawling with tiny creatures that looked like bugs now believed to be either sea lice or amphipods.
“A sea louse (plural sea lice) is a member of a family of small crustaceans within the order Siphonostomatoida, the Caligidae. There are around 559 species in 37 genera, including approximately 162 Lepeophtheirus and 268 Caligus species. Sea lice are marine ectoparasites (external parasites) that feed on the mucus, epidermal tissue, and blood of host marine fish.”
“Amphipoda is an order of malacostracan crustaceans with no carapace and generally with laterally compressed bodies. Amphipods range in size from 1 to 340 millimetres (0.039 to 13 in) and are mostly detritivores or scavengers. There are more than 9,900 amphipod species so far described. They are mostly marine animals, but are found in almost all aquatic environments. Some 1,900 species live in fresh water, and the order also includes terrestrial animals and sandhoppers such as Talitrus saltator. ”
Video Taken by Sam’s Dad, Jarrod