Lonely Planet Writer

Crabs invade southern California beaches

A man steps gingerly through a blanket of crustaceans on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.
A man steps gingerly through a blanket of crustaceans on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. Image by Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP

Experts say they’re harmless but visitors to California might still want to avoid some of the state’s southern beaches at the moment after tens of thousands of tiny red crabs started washing up on the shore. The tiny tuna or pelagic crabs haven’t been seen in such numbers for decades and it’s thought that higher than normal sea temperatures are the reason. The same warm water has also brought turtles, sharks and other marine creatures further north than usual in recent months. Read more: washingtonpost.com