Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hoards of Pelagic Red Crabs attack Orange County - The Blob

Hordes of tuna crabs have again invaded stretches of the Orange County coastline. Lifeguards in Newport Beach said they've seen waves of the crabs washing ashore since Wednesday. On Friday morning, lifeguard battalion Chief Mike Halphide said he could look out the window near the Newport Pier and see hundreds of the tiny creatures — most, if not all, of them dead.
Pelagic red crabs are usually found off Baja California, but currents that are part of the El Nino weather pattern are sweeping them north. The 1-to 3-inch-long crabs have washed up for several years along the Orange County coastline.

Before that, they hadn't been seen in the area for decades.
The Blob was the name given to a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America. It was first detected in late 2013 and continued to spread throughout 2014 and 2015.

The warm waters of the Blob are nutrient poor and have adversely affected all marine life.