Thousands of marine life have been found washed up on the shores of the UK, with locals saying this is the “worst” case they have ever seen.
Crabs, lobsters and all kinds of crustaceans have been found on Marske and Saltburn beaches, some alive and some dead.
Locals say the creatures were found in “waist-deep” piles in some cases.
The animals were also washed up at Seaton Carew and further north at Seaham. Teeside Live Reports.
The environmental agency confirmed on Monday that it has opened an investigation into the incident, which will investigate whether a pollution incident was to blame.
Marske resident Sharon Bell, who walks the stretch of beach near her home every day, said the number of creatures has increased steadily over the past two weeks.
She was out early Monday morning to photograph the sunrise with her husband Christopher. When the two got to the beach, they were horrified to find huge piles of dead and alive crabs and lobsters. They spent the next four hours putting any live animals they could find back into the water.
“I took my usual walk from Marske to Saltburn and was deeply shocked and saddened to see waist-deep algae in some places filled with thousands of dead and living crabs and lobsters of all kinds,” said Ms. Bell, 48.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.
“My husband and I have spent hours putting as many live animals as possible back into the sea, something is very, very wrong here. It has been building up along our coast for a few weeks and nobody is doing anything about it.”
She has lived in the area for 21 years and has never seen anything like it there on Monday morning – not even after a violent flood or a storm.
“It was just horrible to see. It has built up over the past few weeks, but I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so deep and so high in places.”
A little over two weeks ago, TeessideLive reported that it discovered dead crustaceans that washed up Seaton Carew, Redcar and further north in Seaham. The environmental agency has launched an investigation – it is ongoing.
A spokesman for the agency told TeessideLive on Monday it was considering whether a pollution incident could be to blame.
“We are working with partners from the Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture and the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority to investigate why hundreds of dead crabs washed up along the coast in the Tea Estuary and on neighboring beaches,” said one Environment Agency spokesman.
“Samples of water, sediment, mussels and crabs have been collected and will be sent to our laboratories for analysis to see if a pollution incident may have contributed to the death of the animals. We have also shared samples with CEFAS laboratories for disease analysis. “
Redcar MP Jacob Young said: “It is deeply worrying that this appears to be continuing on our coast.
“I raised it with the ministers and will continue to do so until the cause is identified.
“My thanks go to the environmental authorities and CEFAS for their investigations so far.”
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Redcar residents have also raised their concerns on social media after pictures of the beach scene were posted on Monday morning.
“This terrible wild animal is being killed. That needs to be investigated. said a resident.
“It’s horrible that if someone has to be held responsible if it kills our wildlife, it could kill people too,” said another.
A phone number has been posted where people can report any pollution incidents they may see.
“If you are aware of wildlife pollution, please report it to the environmental agency on 0800 807060,” added the EA spokesman.