Local marine biologists and other experts have no definitive answer to why a huge number of shrimp washed to shore during high tide on Friday morning at Big Corona State Beach.
A Corona del Mar Today reader sent photos of the shrimp to Michelle Clemente, the Newport Beach marine education supervisor. She then sent the photos to colleagues and other experts, looking for answers.
It was not known if the shrimp could have been affected by a sewer line break that dumped 2,800 gallons of sewage into the bay late Wednesday night.
“From the feedback I received…bacteria is a possibility, but no one would commit to a certain answer….all agree that it is an unusual occurrence,” Clemente said in an email.
The Orange County Ocean Water Protection Program agency issued a warning for swimmers and others to avoid the water in the area near Bayside Drive and Balboa Island. Those warnings were lifted Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Corona del Mar Today reader Ron Yeo.