Thousands of sea creatures wash up dead on UK beach in ‘worst case ever’ mystery

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The agency confirmed on Monday that they have launched an investigation after locals reported swathes of dead crustaceans up to “waist deep” in some cases. The bizarre phenomenon which has “shocked and saddened” residents was reported in various locations on Teesside, including Saltburn and Seaham.

The Environment Agency said that it will evaluate whether pollution is to blame for the mysterious and sombre sights.

A spokesperson told Teesside Live: “We are working with partners at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture and North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority to investigate why hundreds of dead crabs have washed up along the shore in the Tees Estuary and neighbouring beaches.”

They added: “Samples of water, sediment, mussel and crab have been collected and are being sent to our labs for analysis.”

This is to “consider whether a pollution incident could have contributed to the deaths of the animals.

“We have also shared samples with CEFAS labs for disease analysis.”

Sharon Bell, a resident of Marske-by-the-Sea in Redcar, observed that there have been increasing numbers of creatures washing up on the beach over recent weeks.

She walks the stretch of coastline near to her home on a daily basis, and had visited the beach early in the morning on Monday.

Sharon, 48, and her husband, Christopher, were alarmed to see the sheer volume of crustaceans washed ashore.

They then spent the morning attempting to locate any live lobsters or crabs, to return them to the sea.

Sharon recounted: “I have been along my usual walk from Marske to Saltburn and was utterly shocked and saddened to see in some parts, waist-deep seaweed full of thousands of dead and alive crabs and lobsters, all kinds and species.”

She added: “My husband and I have spent hours putting as many live ones as we could back in the sea, something is very, very wrong here.

“This has been building up for a couple of weeks, along our coast and no-one is doing anything about it.”

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She detailed that she has never seen anything similar in the more than two decades which she has lived there.

Attention has been drawn to the issue on social media, with one local resident commenting: “This is awful someone must be held responsible, if it is killing our wildlife then it could kill humans as well.”

Another stated that “this needs investigating.”

The Environment Agency launched their inquiries earlier this month, when residents raised the alarm at the start of October.

They urged members of the public to report any incidents relating to pollution that they come across.

They said: “If you are aware of pollution affecting wildlife, please report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.”

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