There are a lot of people who are afraid of going into the ocean. For some people it's a fear of drowning, for others it's a fear of the unknown, for some it's sharks. For me, it is officially sea lice.
YEP. Sea lice.
16-year-old Sam Kanizay from Melbourne, Australia experienced sea lice first-hand and I think it's safe to say he would not recommend the experience to anyone.
Kanizay had just finished playing soccer with his friends when he headed to the beach for a bit of a rest. He lowered his legs into the water to soothe his sore muscles, but 30 minutes later his rest turned into a nightmare.
"I walked out of the water, saw what I thought was sand covering my ankles below my calf, shook it off quite violently, and it came off," he told local news.
But the "it" wasn't sand. Instead, Kanizay looked down to see blood literally pouring out of his legs and feet.
“By the time I walked across the sand, about 20 metres to put my thongs [flip-flops] on… I looked down and noticed that I had blood all over my ankles and feet,” Kanizay said.
Not knowing what to do, the teenager went to mom and dad for help.
“I didn’t want to go inside the house with blood all over my feet, so I called Mom and Dad from my phone from out the front door,” he said. “They came downstairs and my dad sort of just gave me this funny stare, and I gave him a stare because we both just had no clue what was going on.”
“I could tell he wasn’t in pain and he was calm so we stayed calm and we just thought, ‘We’d better clean off this bit of blood,’ and then realized it wasn’t washing away,” said Jane Kanizay, the teen’s mother. “We made the call immediately that he needed to be in hospital.”
Continue reading to see how Kanizay is healing, and what these 'sea lice' really are.