El Nino’s effects send tiny red crabs ashore by the thousands

Red crabs

Warm water fostered by El Nino is bringing red crabs to Southern California beaches.

(Los Angeles Times file photo)

Southern California’s been hit with a crab invasion.

Bright red tuna crabs washed up by the thousands Wednesday at Huntington Beach and Imperial Beach.

The crabs, which are 1 inch to 3 inches long and resemble crawfish, normally live off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, but the Orange County Register says currents and lingering warm water from El Nino have pushed them northward in recent years.

The same thing happened in June when hundreds of thousands of crabs carpeted the shoreline.


The crabs aren’t good for eating. The Register says they have little meat and tend to stink when dead.


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