Summary

On 6 August 2017 a Melbourne teenager was hospitalised for profuse bleeding after he was bitten on the ankles and feet while standing in the water at Dendy Street Beach at Brighton, Victoria. It was unclear what had caused his injuries so his father returned to the beach and collected a sample using raw meat as bait. The samples were brought to Melbourne Museum where Natural Sciences staff identified the majority of the animals in the sample as Lysianassid amphipods. These globally occurring amphipods are scavengers known for swarming around dead fish and other food sources. Bites that bleed freely are reported quite frequently, though rarely to the extent encountered in this event.

The incident received local, national and international media attention.

Specimen Details

  • Taxon Name

    Amphipoda

  • Preferred Common name

    Amphipod

  • Identified By

    Dr Genefor Walker-Smith - Museums Victoria

  • Number Of Specimens

    1

  • Specimen Nature

    Whole wet ethanol 70% ethanol 70%

  • Collected By

    Jarrod Kanizay

  • Sampling Method

    bait pump

  • Date Visited From

    7/08/2017

  • Date Visited To

    7/08/2017

  • Depth To (m)

    1

  • Category

    Natural Sciences

  • Scientific Group

    Invertebrate Zoology

  • Discipline

    Invertebrates

  • Collecting Areas

    Invertebrates

  • Type of Item

    Specimen

Taxonomy

Geospatial Information

  • Country

    Australia

  • State

    Victoria

  • Precise Location

    Port Phillip Bay, Brighton, Dendy St beach

  • Latitude

    -37.9217

  • Longitude

    144.987

  • Geodetic Datum

    WGS84