Is something fishy going on?, North West Evening Mail, January 19, 2011:
Mike Quinn was shocked to find starfish, crabs, mussels and other sea life washed up on a Walney beach
The bizarre sight follows a number of other similar incidents in the UK and beyond.
Walker Mike Quinn... “I noticed a few the other day but today [Monday, Jan. 17] the amount of starfish and young spawned mussels is unbelievable. ...I don't know what it is, there's got to be a reason for it.”
Experts say high tides combined with icy temperatures may be the cause of the deaths.
Dave Conway, education officer at the Lakes Aquarium, said: “We’re coming up to a full moon now and the tides are more significant, so when things are exposed they’re more likely to suffer from the cold. ... Certainly the sea hasn’t been freezing around Walney so I can’t imagine the water getting that cold. ... The real truth of it is that we don’t really know.
Last weekend thousands of crabs and starfish were washed up on Brighton beach.
Read the report here.