‘They’re Everywhere’: Hundreds of Thousands of Red Crabs Wash Up Along Newport Beach

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Mark Girardeau
Viewer Mark Girardeau snapped these red crabs washed up along the coast of Laguna Beach on Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Instagram @psychprof
"It's alarming to see": Instagram user @psychprof described the scene as "tragic" as beachgoers discovered hordes of red crabs that washed up along a SoCal coast on Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Mark Girardeau
Red crabs were stranded along an Orange County coast on Friday, May 13, 2016, two days after thousands reportedly washed ashore in Huntington and Imperial beaches.
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KNBC-TV
Beachgoers were shocked to see hundreds of thousands of red crabs, most of them dead and some still squirming, washed up along a SoCal coastline into a sea of red Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Mark Girardeau
The crabs are known as pleuroncodes planipesm, or tuna crabs, and resemble crawfish. (Published Friday, May 13, 2016)
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KNBC-TV
Cities sent out maintenance crews to rake up the crabs that washed up ashore at Newport Beach on Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Instagram @miketeam
"Holy crabs!": Instagram user @miketeam snapped this image of the sea of red at Newport Peninsula Port. Hundreds of thousands of red tuna crabs crawled out of the ocean and onto a SoCal coastline Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Mark Girardeau
Experts say the crabs are native to Baja California and travel north to SoCal beaches during warm currents. (Published Friday, May 13, 2016)
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