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Californians are plagued by feet-eating “mini-shark” bugs

Southern California beach-goers are being attacked by tiny, aggressive sea bugs that have a hunger for human feet.

According to Walla Walla University, the bugs have been nicknamed “mini sharks” and grow to approximately 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) in length. They can form swarms of up to 1,000 individuals.

The “mini-sharks”, which live in the shallow water of the Pacific Ocean, migrate seasonally up and down the coast, leaving behind beach-goers in pain.

The bugs will quickly locate barefoot waders and bite their flesh, drawing blood. The bites of the insects are small and painful, but not as severe as a pinprick. Experts suggest that you quickly move your feet to reduce bites, but not eliminate them.

The bites of the isopods are described as “painful” or “surprising” by those who were attacked. They also noted that the bugs looked similar to a bunch of tiny piranhas attacking their ankles and feet. The pain disappeared after about 15 to 20 minutes, according to those who were attacked.

At this time, the beaches of Southern California have not given any warnings to swimmers.

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