Sea Lice

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby bilby » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:38 pm

Hmm, there's something odd about this story. Yes, sea lice will strip a flesh bait in no time, but has this sort of thing ever happened to anyone before? They are super common in Port Phillip Bay - if they were a problem, wouldn't some of our flounder fishers have reported this kind of issue? Some beaches are commonly covered in these things, but do they really attack humans in this way? Interesting if so.



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Re: Sea Lice

Postby Fish-cador » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:59 pm

it looks bad because of the blood but it's nothing but minor skin deep bites
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Re: Sea Lice

Postby purple5ive » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:25 pm

he probably had an open wound somewhere maybe and that triggered them to feed on him??
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Re: Sea Lice

Postby Nude up » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:03 pm

Just another reason not to go in the water,

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby Brett » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:26 pm

purple5ive wrote:he probably had an open wound somewhere maybe and that triggered them to feed on him??



That's what I was thinking. Or he had just removed his shoes and socks and the skin was soft enough for them to bite through.

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby mingle » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:44 pm

I've had them chew on my feet and legs when fishing from the beach at Cleeland Bight, usually on a full-moon (strangely?).

Their bites itch a bit, but I've never had them draw that much blood, just the odd spec...

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby re-tyred » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:59 pm

Full moon is when they go nuts. Commercial shark fishers have to get their gear out of the water as soon as the moon comes up. Otherwise all they get is eaten fish. It said he stood in the water for half an hour. With the cold water he wouldn't feel them getting into him. All I can say is lucky he wasn't skinny dipping
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Re: Sea Lice

Postby Kenle » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:24 pm

Geezus, if they are the same sea lice as the ones from Queenscliff then i wouldnt be surprised. Had a silver whiting on a squid prong too deep few times there and when i inspected the bait there was literaly bones and dozens of these creepy lice things falling off it like in scary movies. I only know of 2 types of lice, the greeny onesnthat are flat n hang on seaweeds and the ones from queenscliff that are more like maggots and slice through bait like silverfish through cloths. Getting chills from this

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby bilby » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:37 pm

Apparently they were sea fleas, not sea lice. So that should make everyone feel a bit better ...

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Re: Sea Lice

Postby 4liters » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:40 pm

They had a marine biologist on the radio who said that bites aren't uncommon but most people flick them off when they feel the bite. This bloke was standing still and had no feeling in his legs due to the cold so he didn't realise he was getting bitten and do something about it.
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