‘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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"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.
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.
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.
Mark Girardeau
The crabs are known as pleuroncodes planipesm, or tuna crabs, and resemble crawfish. (Published Friday, May 13, 2016)
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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"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.
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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