40,000 'devil' crabs wash up on Kent coast after dying from hypothermia in freezing sea

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By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:49 AM on 5th January 2011

Thousands of dead crabs have washed up along the Kent coast, with environmental experts believing the cold weather in Britain is to blame.

The Velvet swimming crabs - also called devil crabs - are thought to be victims of Britain's coldest December in 120 years, which left sea temperatures much lower than average.

More than 40,000 of the crabs - Britain's largest swimming crab - are littering beaches around Thanet, along with smaller numbers of whelks, sponges and anemones.


Dr Alasdair Bruce - Studying the crabs Sad discovery: Dr Alasdair Bruce, one of the experts studying the dead crabs.


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Crabs have been reported on beaches at Westbrook, Cliftonville and Kingsgate, while smaller numbers have been washed up between Broadstairs and Ramsgate.


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