Thousands of dead crabs and starfish have been reported washing ashore on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, in the last few days. Although not making the beach unpleasant, this still unexplained phenomenon makes you wonder: What’s going on here?

As reported on the Facebook page of the Mission-Aransas Reserve: Dr. Ed Buskey here at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute is looking into possible reasons for the small die off of bottom feeding animals such as crabs and sea stars today on a small section of beach in Port Aransas. A possible reason might be temporary low oxygen levels in the near-shore Gulf. FULL REPORT