Australian Oceans are full of Sea Lice

Sea Lice – A dangerous thing to encounter

sea lice

Once attached to the host begins feeding and begins to develop itself within range of their attachment. They paralyzes marine fish particularly can be seen in farmed salmon fish.

There are drugs which controls these types of sea lice. Read more biological information

A 16-year old Sam Kanizay who is still recovering in hospital has encountered these creatures when he just casually went to Melbourne’s Brighton Beach ¬†for a dip. After the dip, he noticed his legs were covered with blood. His father believes that these are done by the deadly sea lice in the sea.

These sea lice eats through your skin and they can continue to suck blood or eat your flesh which can be horrific to anyone.

People reaction

Sea Lice?!?!?!? That’s it. I’m never setting foot in the water in Australia

“Kanizay went back to the beach with a pool net full of meat and captured the creatures he said were responsible”


Sam Kanizay’s dad thinks these bugs bit his son. He caught them with a piece of meat at Brighton after teen was attacked

What to do in case of Sea Lice attachment

Experts say to wear a tight fitting swimsuit in place of loose fabric cloths as the chance of these lice can be trapped in a loose fabric. For women, they are suggested to wear 2-piece bikini in contrast to 1-piece which reduces the fabric and hence less chance of attaching to the body.

In case you are attached by sea lice, please consult doctors but here are some steps which you can take

  1. Do not rub your skin. …
  2. Remove your swimsuit as soon as possible. …
  3. Shower with fresh water. …
  4. Take an antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine, or apply hydrocortisone cream (1%) to help control itching. …
  5. Use an ice pack to help relieve pain.
  6. Keep the rash clean.

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Currently many Australian has decided to stay out of the oceans because what if these creatures eats them. Are the marine life in danger because of sea lice? So what do you think?