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Mysterious animals wash ashore in Hawaii

Mysterious animals wash ashore in Hawaii
Posted at 8:01 AM, Jul 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-17 08:01:17-04

Honolulu, HI (WTVR) – Biologists can’t seem to figure it out. Millions of tiny purple creatures have washed ashore on the beaches in Hawaii.

These pea-sized, crab-like animals are showing up along the beaches in Honolulu but scientists have yet to determine what, exactly, they are.

Biologists say the creatures are likely ‘7-11’ crabs in the larvae stage, but so far they’ve haven’t been able to positively identify the species.

The ‘7-11’ or spotted reef crabs are common in Hawaii, however experts say they have never seen anything like this and they are searching for answers.