Australian Teenager Experiences Rare Attack by Flesh-Eating Sea Creatures

Source: National Geographic/Sarah Gibbens - August 10, 2017 in Adventure

Australian Teenager Experiences Rare Attack by Flesh-Eating Sea Creatures
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When graphic images of a teenager’s bloodied feet were published Monday morning in Australia, it sent shockwaves among the country’s beachgoers. On social media, some vowed they would never swim in the ocean again.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Kanizay arrived at a Melbourne hospital on Saturday with his legs bleeding profusely. Photos taken at the scene show Kanizay sitting in a hospital bed while the lower parts of his feet and legs have turned almost entirely red from his wounds.

The teenager had been standing in the water after playing soccer. His legs were sore and he had hoped the cold water would help him feel better. He claims to have felt a numb, tingling sensation, but he chalked it up to the frigid water, telling Australian newspaper The Age, “I wasn’t really thinking about being eaten.”

Doctors told local outlets that Kanizay has been bandaged, checked for parasites, and given antibiotics. At the time of this article’s publication, doctors had not commented on his condition, saying it was too early in the case.

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