Thousands of crabs die along Thanet's coast, This is Kent, January 6, 2011:
THOUSANDS of dead crabs and mysterious deposits of black sand have littered the Thanet coastline.
Volunteer coastal warden, Tony Sykes said: "We suspect that climate change and warmer weather has lured the crabs towards the shoreline. ...
Beach walkers at Viking Bay have also discovered large deposits of black sand.
Thanet geologist Dr Alasdair Bruce said: "My first thought was that it may be some sort of oil contamination but I am very pleased to say it wasn't. The sand itself is naturally black."