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Thousands Of Sea Creatures Washed Onto Yorkshire Coast Beaches

Brid Wash Up - Bex Lynham Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:26am 5th March 2018. (Updated at 12:26pm 5th March 2018)

Tens of thousands of sea creatures have washed up along the Yorkshire Coast due to the severe weather.

Crabs, starfish, mussels and lobsters are ankle-deep in places along the Yorkshire Coast, most of the animals are now dead – except for lobsters. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team have been working alongside local fisherman rescuing the lobsters that are still alive - gathering them in buckets and taking them to tanks in Bridlington for care - putting them back in the sea as weather improves. 

Bex Lynam, North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, says:

“There was a three degree drop in sea temperature last week which will have caused animals to hunker down and reduce their activity levels.

This makes them vulnerable to rough seas – they became dislodged by large waves and washed ashore when the rough weather kicked in.

Larger animals such as dolphins are more mobile and can save themselves by swimming away when this sort of thing happens.

Lobsters are one of the few species still alive – that’s why we’re saving them with local fisherman.

This area is very important for shellfish and we work alongside fisherman to promote sustainable fisheries and protect reproductive stocks.

It’s worth saving them so that they can be put back into the sea and continue to breed."

The occurrence has been put down to a drop in temperatures coupled with the rough seas.

Dr Lissa Batey, Senior Living Seas Officer, The Wildlife Trusts, added:

“We can’t prevent natural disasters like this – but we can mitigate against declining marine life and the problems that humans cause by creating enough protected areas at sea and by ensuring that these sites are large enough and close enough to offer fish, crustaceans, dolphins and other marine life the protection they require to withstand natural events such as this.”

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