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Flesh-Eating Sea Lice (Not yet classified)

Image: ABC News Australia

Recently added to the list of ‘what the hell is it? Australian animals’, these flesh-eating sea bugs made a meal of a kid’s legs in Melbourne. He had just finished a long football training session and stood up to his knees in sea water at his local beach. When he left the water he noticed his ankles were bleeding and two hours later when his mother couldn’t stop the bleeding, he was taken to hospital. It is still not confirmed what ate his legs but some scientists suggest it could be a meat eating kind of louse similar to that of the common flea.

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