Thousands of dead sea creatures are washing up in England

An investigation has been launched amid the 'deeply worrying' find.

Thousands of dead sea creatures are washing up in England

British environmental watchdogs have launched an investigation after thousands of dead sea creatures washed up on beaches in North East England.

Sharon Bell, a Marske-by-the-Sea resident, told CNN she walked the beach near her home every day and had seen a "steady build-up of soft crustaceans," in the past few weeks.

Ms Bell said she went to the beach on Monday morning and was shocked to see "the seaweed was piled high to waist level, but it was absolutely full, and I mean thousands of dead crabs and alive crabs, all varieties, lobsters as well."

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She told CNN she visited the beach again Wednesday, only to find the smell was "absolutely terrible," as the piles of dead crabs began to "decompose down."

The UK's Environment Agency told CNN it was working with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture and North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority to investigate why hundreds of dead crabs have washed up along the shore in the Tees Estuary and neighbouring beaches.

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The animals were washed up in seaweed piled high to waist level.

"Samples of water, sediment, mussel and crab have been collected," and have been sent for analysis to "consider whether a pollution incident could have contributed to the deaths of the animals," the Environment Agency spokesperson told CNN.

Jacob Young, who represents the seaside town of Redcar in the UK Parliament, tweeted Sunday that the developments along the coasts were "deeply worrying."

Ms Bell said she and her husband spent over four hours trying to put as many of the crabs that were still alive and trapped in the seaweed back into the water.

"It's just devastating to see them laying there," she said.

"It's saddening because it is such a beautiful area to live in."

Ms Bell added she hoped locals would get answers.

"If it is a man-made incident and we've actually done it then obviously we need to make sure it's not going to happen again," she said.

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Australia Post issues Christmas deadlines amid huge parcel volume

Australia Post is urging all Australians to send their Christmas gifts and cards by mid-December at the latest as record volumes of parcels threaten delays.

Australia Post issues Christmas deadlines amid huge parcel volume

Australia Post is urging all Australians to send their Christmas gifts and cards by mid-December at the latest as record volumes of parcels threaten to create delays.

The postal service said 2021 has already seen parcel volume records broken, with this year's Christmas expected to be the biggest on record for the nation's couriers and postal workers.

With many state borders still closed and online shopping showing no sign of slowing down, Australia Post is anticipating parcel traffic to be extremely high. The organisation has hired more than 4000 Christmas casuals to cope with demand.

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To ensure Christmas gifts and cards arrive on time, Australia Post has set the following deadlines:

  • All parcels sent via regular post must be sent by Monday, December 13
  • All parcels sent via express post must be sent by Monday, December 20
  • All Christmas cards should be sent by Thursday, December 16

Customers in Perth, Darwin and regional areas are advised to send their gifts and cards even earlier than the recommended deadlines to avoid disappointment.

Those sending Christmas cards overseas are being urged to do so as early as possible as some destinations have cut-offs for receiving mail in time for December 25.

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Australia Post's Executive General Manager of Business and Government, Gary Starr, said the service has been preparing for a bumper Christmas for weeks.

"We're seeing record parcel volumes with more than 5.9 million households shopping online a month — that's more than half of all Australian households, and it's showing no signs of slowing as we head into the online sales season and Christmas," Mr Starr said.

"That is why we've planned ahead with extra air freight capacity, weekend deliveries and recruitment of thousands of new team members to ramp up our delivery services, parcel sorting and customer care, and we'll be delivering right up until Christmas Eve.

"We encourage people to make a note of these important delivery dates, because although we'll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, they may not arrive until after Christmas."

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