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You have to see all of these crabs in Orange County


red tuna crab

x 1,000,000,000,000,000. (m01229 / Flickr)

Suddenly, the beaches in Orange County, California, are covered in tiny red crabs. And it's all thanks to El Niño.

The tuna crabs, which are actually a species of lobster, usually live further south, but for the last couple years they've been washing up in Orange County. Warming ocean temperatures help El Niño currents push the crabs further north. It means an all-you-can-eat buffet for shorebirds ... and a fishy smell for local residents.

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You have to see all of these crabs in Orange County

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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