Crustacean Invasion! Tiny Crab-Like Creatures Take Over California’s Newport Beach

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NEWPORT BEACH (KTLA)-

A red hue has taken over much of Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles. Tiny crustaceans, called squat lobsters, covered the beach Monday morning.

The squat lobster usually end up onshore during an El Nino event or when water temperatures get warm. Courtesy: Joe Mossa
The squat lobster usually end up onshore during an El Nino event or when water temperatures get warm.
Courtesy: Joe Mossa

Thousands of squat lobster washed ashore, giving the beach a red color. The squat lobster usually come ashore during an El Nino event, or when there is warm water temperatures, according to Julianne E. Steers, of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

Steers said the crab-like creatures end up on shore about every six years or so. They sometimes get mistaken for crabs. However, Steers says the squat lobster are "in a line all their own" and have "a little bit of a tail".

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