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‘Seismic activity and turbines’ considered as reasons for sinister crab deaths along coast 

Credit:  The investigation continues into why huge piles of crustaceans washed up on Teesside's beaches | By Joanne Welford, Multi-media Journalist & Katie Anderson, Multi-Media Journalist | www.gazettelive.co.uk ~~

Possible seismic activity and issues connected to wind turbines are being considered as the probe into sea creatures washing up on Teesside’s beaches continues.

One of the government agencies investigating the occurrence has told Teesside Live both are being looked at as the strange occurrence continues to be scrutinized.

Last week, residents living in Marske reported huge piles of crabs and other crustaceans, both alive and dead, had washed up on the beach between the seaside town and nearby Saltburn.

Creatures were also reported in large numbers further along the beach near Redcar and South Gare and also further north towards Hartlepool.

The Environment Agency, DEFRA and CEFAS – the government’s marine and freshwater science experts – launched an investigation to find out the reasons why after the issue was raised in the House of Commons by Redcar MP Jacob Young.

The results are expected to come through later this week.

The Environment Agency part of the probe is investigating whether pollution might be to blame.

Meanwhile, DEFRA told Teesside Live the Marine Management Organisation is also investigating other possible causes such as seismic activity and wind turbines and investigations are still ongoing.

The MMO would not speculate further: “We are unable to speculate on causes while investigations remain ongoing,” said a spokesman.

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

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

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

Source:  The investigation continues into why huge piles of crustaceans washed up on Teesside's beaches | By Joanne Welford, Multi-media Journalist & Katie Anderson, Multi-Media Journalist | www.gazettelive.co.uk

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