Hundreds of crabs found dead along Hartlepool beach

HUNDREDS of dead crabs have been found along a Teesside beach.

A dog walker posted on Facebook that she had seen hundreds of crabs – that were dead – along Seaton Carew beach in Hartlepool and North Gare.

The woman said that she had witnessed a man taking samples and that she believed there had been chemicals spilt in the sea.

The Environment Agency said the cause of the crab deaths were ‘currently unclear’ and that they were working with partners to investigate further.

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A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The Environment Agency is working with its partners at CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture) and NEIFCA (North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority), to investigate the cause of a number of reported crab deaths from within the Tees Estuary and neighbouring beaches.

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

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