Scientists identify sea creatures that left a Melbourne teen unable to walk

Scientists identify sea creatures that left a Melbourne teen unable to walk

Museums Victoria scientists have finally identified the sea creatures that left a Melbourne teenager bloodied and unable to walk.

Sam Kanizay, 16, suffered unexpected wounds to his feet as well as lower legs when he went into the water at Brighton Beach last Saturday to cool down following a footy match.

He said the wounds and injuries were a “freak” incident for him. He received a biopsy in addition to numerous stitches.

A team of biologists led by Dr. Genefor Walker-Smith examined a sample and identified the creatures as lysianassid amphipods, a type of scavenging crustacean that are commonly called sea fleas. Marine biologists, however, added that lysianassid amphipods don’t usually cause such injuries.

Sharing their findings, Dr. Walker-Smith said, “It’s possible he disturbed a feeding group but they are generally not out there waiting to attack like piranhas.”

Previously, some people and experts had been pointing the finger at stingrays or jellyfish larvae.

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