Flesh eating sea lice in Melbourne

5 months 1 week ago #303522 by AB
AB created the topic: Flesh eating sea lice in Melbourne
Is there anyone who hasn't seen this story? www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-...db371d4980a9bd4e29d0

It seems the museum had decided it was amphipods which bit the teenager and caused the gory bleeding, but should divers worry? The boy concerned did something unusual, in that he stood in one place with his unprotected legs exposed for up to half an hour. The cold water numbed his legs so he didn't feel the bites, so maybe thousands of lice came for a feast.

Hundreds of people go in the water there every week, and this hasn't happened before, most likely as they were wearing a wetsuit or were constantly moving. There is no reason to expect divers would suffer similar injuries. This story has gone global, and there are the inevitable comments about everything in Australia trying to kill people, so I wonder how many tourists will think twice before visiting!

I would have no hesitation diving that area, as I don't believe what happened would affect a diver moving about in a wetsuit.

Alan

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