Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself.
-old Apache saying
Monday, August 7, 2017
bloody sea mites!
Just when you thought it was safe to get in the water!! Let's hope this doesn't start happening all over the place! Yikes! Damn that intelligent design!
Australian teenager in hospital after sea bug attack
An Australian teenager is recovering in hospital after being bitten by multiple "mite-sized sea critters".
Sam Kanizay, 16, found his feet and ankles covered in blood after soaking his legs in Melbourne's Brighton Beach on Saturday evening.
Jarrod Kanizay said his son arrived home with what "looked like a war injury" and that his legs would not stop bleeding. The family are seeking expert opinion to identify the flesh-eating bugs.
Marine biologists have said they were likely to have been sea fleas, tiny scavenging marine animals.
After a tiring football game on Saturday evening, the 16-year-old decided to soak his legs in the cold bay near his home. Speaking to the BBC's World Update radio show, Sam described feeling pins and needles in his legs after standing waist-deep in dark cold water for about half an hour.
After shaking off what he thought was sand coated around his ankles, he walked across the beach before looking down and realising that his feet were "covered in blood".
"It bled for ages, and it's still seeping blood now," he said.
"It looked like a war injury... like a grenade attack. It was really bloody," his father told BBC News.
"We got him in the shower but as soon as we did that the blood kept re-appearing," said Mr Kanizay. "It wasn't clotting at all. It just kept bleeding and bleeding."
After two local hospitals could not identify the cause of the multiple pin-prick injuries, the Melbourne father decided to investigate and went back to the beach.
"I collected these strange creatures from the same spot last night by trapping them in a net and standing in the water myself," he said. "We got thousands of these little mite-type bugs and they've been sent on to experts."
Mr Kanizay said he hoped the sandy-coloured mites would not scar his son, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
"We are just waiting on the experts to tell us what they are and how they behave and why this happened."
When I hear from people that religion doesn't hurt anything, I say, really? Well besides wars, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, 9-11, ethnic cleansing, the suppression of women, the suppression of homosexuals, fatwas, honor killings, suicide bombings, arranged marriages to minors, human sacrifice, burning witches, and systematic sex with children, I have a few little quibbles. And I forgot blowing up girl schools in Afghanistan.