Medical puzzles about bleeding feet: amphipods tore teen legs

Medical puzzles about bleeding feet: amphipods tore teen legs

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Attack in the sea: legs bleeding heavily from tiny animals
A 16-year-old teenager only wanted to take a dip in the ocean. But when the boy was standing in the water in Melbourne, Australia, he was attacked by tiny animals that bit his legs. The bleeding couldn't be stopped for hours. Now it is clear which animals were behind the attack.

Australia is home to numerous dangerous animal species
Taipan, brown snake, blue-ringed octopus, red-backed spider: Australia is home to numerous dangerous creatures, both in water and on land. The red continent is known as the home of the world's most toxic animals. Also amphipods (Amphipoda) live in the country's waters. The tiny animals are actually no longer dangerous to humans. But they bite the legs of a teenager in Melbourne. The bleeding could not be stopped for hours.

Mystery of uncanny attack solved
The news from Australia initially sounded like something out of a cheap horror film: 16-year-old Sam Kanizay wanted to refresh himself on the beach in Melbourne and was attacked by tiny little sea creatures.

The student had to be taken to the hospital with heavily bleeding legs. At first it was unclear what caused the wounds. Now the mystery of the scary attack has been solved.

According to media reports, the marine biologist identified Dr. Genefor Walker-Smith the animals as amphipods, which are found in all oceans.

Tiny sea creatures like meat
According to a report by ABC News, Sam's father and siblings collected some animals at the scene after the attack and "played scientists," as the father explained.

They fed her various dishes and found that she was particularly interested in red meat.

Like Dr. Walker-Smith said that amphipods (Lysianassid Amphipod) usually attack dead fish or seabirds. "They don't actually attack people," says the biologist.

"These animals are scavengers," said the expert. "You have a really sharp sense of smell."

"It was just bad luck. He may have bothered a group to eat, but they're usually not out there waiting for attacks like piranhas. ”

The tiny animals come according to Dr. Walker-Smith "in schools before". Nevertheless, swimmers on Melbourne's beaches should not fear the same fate as Sam.

Bites not noticed due to low temperatures
According to the portal "", the expert speculates that the juvenile's heavy bleeding was due to the fact that the animals may be producing a blood thinner.

And since he was standing in cold sea water for half an hour, he probably didn't notice the bites because of the low temperatures.

"Usually you can feel it and just rub the animals away," says the expert. The boy initially suspected that he had sand on his legs. It was only when he wiped away the supposed sand that he discovered all the blood.

Sam was still in pain after the attack, but he was fine. According to his father, they expect a full recovery. (ad)

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