While staying in one place with your feet in the water can make you feel like you’re about to get frostbite, that can all be settled with a little bit of movement. And anyways, it’s quite a relaxing thing to dip your feet, right? The pain goes away, and they get a nice cold splash. Well, as long as there are no carnivorous creatures in the area with intentions of biting your flesh off.
A teenager from Melbourne that goes by Sam Kanizay just wanted to go for a quick dip after playing soccer and feeling his feet go a little bit sore. He stopped by Dendy Street beach in Brighton.
Everything was fine until he pulled his feet out and noticed an uncontrollable spurting of blood. After he realized that it wasn’t stopping anytime soon, he was immediately rushed to hospital to for treatments, and if you have a sensitive tummy, you might not want to keep reading.
“I walked out of the water, saw what I thought was sand covering my ankles and lower calf,” Sam explained to ABC News, “so I just shook it off violently and it came off. By the time I walked across the sand, about 20 metres, to put my thongs on, I looked down and noticed I had blood all over my ankles and feet. I didn’t really know what to think of it, it was a bit of a shock. A bit of a random thing to see.” – Sam told ABC News.
He thought it was sand but he definitely was mistaken
Sam’s father Jarrod discovered that beneath all the blood, there were small holes. The supposed sea lice that caused this problem ate through Sam’s skin on his feet and “made it bleed profusely,”
Sam was taken to hospital, given antibiotics and then taken to another hospital for further treatment. The bleeding carried well into the next day though. After his feet were wiped down, there would be an immediate further spillage of blood, causing a pool of blood on the floor within seconds.
Alister Poore, University of New South Wales marine invertebrates expert, said he’d never seen a case like it. Speaking to Guardian Australia, he said that it was most likely sea lice, but they aren’t usually found in such a large number. “If it is sea lice,” he said, “then it is a pretty dramatic example of it”.
Sea lice have the ability to turn a dead fish into skeleton in just a couple of hours. They are mostly buried under sand, but they swim when they’re searching for food.
Here’s a video of actual sea lice in action. It’s pretty disturbing too, so be warned.
This may make you think twice about dipping your feet in the water on vacation. Summer is still going strong, so if you’re on vacation, stick to the beach. Who knows where these little eviltons may be hiding ready to attack you…