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Photo: Tens of thousands of dead sea stars thrown on the British beaches because of the “Beast from the East”

In March, Europe was attacked by the “Beast from the East” – a powerful cyclone that came from Siberia and brought anomalous for many countries of the cold. Some Europeans were delighted with snowfalls, making snowmen and laying out photos in Instagram. But a sharp temperature drop led to the “Armageddon of the sea stars” on the beaches of Great Britain.

Photos of Frank Leppard
Photos of Frank Leppard

Because of the storm and low temperatures, tens of thousands of dead sea stars and other marine life appeared on the shores of the southeast of the country. Local residents told CNN that they had never seen anything like this – the scale of the disaster is difficult to convey with the help of photographs.

This is a shocking and sad spectacle of almost biblical proportions. They covered the shore with a thick blanket. Most of the stars were dead, but we spotted live crabs, and tried to save them.

Lara Meiklem
photographer

The Society for the Conservation of Marine Nature also reported that hundreds of lobsters, lobsters and shellfish were thrown out by the current on the beaches of Yorkshire. Employees of the organization noted that sea life often appears on the banks after strong winds and storms, but not in such quantities.

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